A "Sunakku" is a small bar with counter seating and a friendly host. There are thousands of them spread across the country, and many Japanese visit them regularly, to talk about their day, sing karaoke and meet new people. This time, our theme is "Sunakku." Mayuko Igarashi, a journalist, explains how they work, and why they're such an important part of many people's lives. And in Plus One, Matt Alt investigates an innovative bar aimed at the elderly, which is staffed by nurses.
Chika Inoue has been the owner, or "mama" of this popular bar for 20 years
"Sunakku" are where karaoke first gained popularity
Peter Barakan and journalist Mayuko Igarashi explore "Sunakku" in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu