May 26, 2016

FamilyMart-Uny merger plan approved by shareholders

The planned merger of FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. was approved by their shareholders Thursday, setting the stage for the creation of one of the nation’s largest convenience store operators in September. Following the approval at their respective shareholders’ meetings held in ...

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

May 25, 2016

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

Criminals who stole millions of dollars from automatic teller machines across Japan in a three-hour spree probably chose the country because banks consider it a low fraud risk, security experts say. The gang used counterfeit Standard Bank credit cards to withdraw ¥1.4 billion in ...

Apr 19, 2016

Seven & I promotes subsidiary head Isaka as president

Seven & I Holdings Co. said Tuesday it will promote Ryuichi Isaka, head of its convenience store chain subsidiary Seven-Eleven Japan Co., to the position of president following a recent power struggle. The promotion comes days after the conglomerate’s 83-year-old chief executive officer, Toshifumi ...

FamilyMart stores may offer day care, karaoke after merger with Uny

Apr 13, 2016

FamilyMart stores may offer day care, karaoke after merger with Uny

Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. aims to catch up with industry leader Seven-Eleven Japan Co. by developing unique products and services such as day care nurseries and karaoke parlors, Chairman Junji Ueda said in a recent interview. “We’ll concentrate on creating unique products and ...

FamilyMart, Japan Post join hands to offer delivery service to Asia

Apr 5, 2016

FamilyMart, Japan Post join hands to offer delivery service to Asia

Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. and Japan Post Holdings Co. said Tuesday they will begin a delivery service enabling foreign visitors to Japan to send packages from FamilyMart’s domestic stores for pickup at its stores elsewhere around Asia. FamilyMart expects foreign visitors to use ...

Mar 29, 2016

Lawson to promote Takemasu to president, COO positions

Major convenience store operator Lawson Inc. will promote Senior Executive Vice President Sadanobu Takemasu to president and chief operating officer effective June 1. Current President Genichi Tamatsuka will become chairman and chief executive officer with the right to represent the company, it said Monday. ...

Union helps Saitama convenience store part-timers recoup unpaid wages

Mar 16, 2016

Union helps Saitama convenience store part-timers recoup unpaid wages

High school students and others working as part-timers at convenience stores in Saitama Prefecture have recently won a promise from their employer to receive unpaid wages. The victory for the part-timers organized by the Tokyo-based labor union, BlackarbeitUnion, raises the alarm for store operators ...