Just thought I'd point out several differences which I've noticed about Starbucks in Hawaii and Japan.
First off, you should know that I never used to go to Starbucks when I lived in Hawaii. My love of coffee started with Lion Coffee and it is still my first choice.
In Japan, Starbucks is called "sta-ba" or "bucks", whichever way is a shortened version.
When I moved to Japan, I was amazed at the many coffee places Japan had. But trying to find a place that was "smoke-free" was like finding a needle in a haystack, until I stepped into a Starbucks.
So, here's what I've been noticing...
In Japan, we have the beverage size "short", actually I like this better than the "tall" cups--I can never finish a "tall" here (in Hawaii).
The desserts served in Japan are French looking and dainty. The ones in Hawaii are just too huge!
In Japan, they ask you if you'd like your coffee in a mug (to save on paper cups). They don't ask you that in Hawaii (or at least for the three times I've gone they didn't).
In Hawaii, they have Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). I don't think they have this in Osaka...yet.
After finishing you go to the wastebasket and sort out your trash in Japan--down to the liquids. Oh, and in Japan, if you happen to be leaving while an employee is walking past you, they'll take your tray (service, huh?). In Hawaii, you just throw everything into the same bin, no sorting to recycle.
All in all, both are expensive.
Does your Starbucks do something different where you are?
p.s. that white blob in the photo is a petite vanilla bean scone (US $.95, which is actually cheap!). The icing is quite sweet, but it keeps the scone underneath quite moist. It went well with black coffee.
UPDATE: 3/21/08 took Whitney's advice and ordered a "short" in Hawaii. They don't advertise it and it is really the perfect size! (Thanks Whitney!)