Sep 10, 2014

Man held for allegedly extorting cigarettes from store owner

A 39-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly extorting cigarette cartons from a convenience store owner, police said Wednesday. The man allegedly posted video footage of himself threatening the store owner on the Internet. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, Go Nakamura, from the ...

Convenience store giants leave smaller rivals in dust

Jul 22, 2014

Convenience store giants leave smaller rivals in dust

Major convenience store chains are racing to expand their networks around the country while their smaller rivals fall behind. Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. and FamilyMart Co. each passed the 10,000 mark for domestic stores by the end of May. Seven-Eleven, a unit of ...

FamilyMart joins 10,000 outlets in Japan club

Oct 16, 2013

FamilyMart joins 10,000 outlets in Japan club

Major Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. now has more than 10,000 domestic outlets. FamilyMart is the third convenience store chain in Japan to reach the 10,000-store mark, following Japan’s largest convenience store chain, Seven-Eleven Japan Co., and the second-largest, Lawson Inc. FamilyMart opened ...

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

Jun 27, 2013

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

by C.B. Liddell

“Mingei” translates as “folk art” and is connected to objects that are made or used by ordinary people on an everyday basis. Usually this evokes hand-crafted objects, such as ceramics, baskets, items of woodwork, etc. As such, the term is evocative of the era ...