Jan 6, 2014

FamilyMart profit in China spurs expansion

The Chinese operations of convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. turned a profit in the second half of 2013, President Isamu Nakayama said. The company has been curbing new store openings and putting priority on improving profitability for fiscal 2013. But Nakayama stressed in an ...

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

Oct 8, 2013

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

by Masaaki Kameda

Lawson Inc., Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain, said Tuesday it will strengthen its health-related business as part of a midterm strategy to tap into the growing number of health-conscious customers in the aging society. “We aim to play a central role in supporting people’s ...

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

Jul 5, 2013

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

The knife attack last week by a man on three first-grade boys near an elementary school in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, has once again raised the question of how to keep children safe. In many communities in recent years, residents and convenience store employees have ...

Apr 23, 2013

Supermarket sales register first rebound in 13 months

Japan’s supermarket sales marked the first year-on-year rise in 13 months in March on a same-store basis, backed partly by spirited closing sales, an industry body said Monday. Total sales at 7,947 stores operated by 57 supermarket chains stood at ¥1,044.65 billion, the Japan ...