Aug 6, 2014

Lawson to buy Tokyo-based cinema complex operator

Convenience store operator Lawson Inc. announced Wednesday it will acquire United Cinemas Co., a Tokyo-based cinema complex operator, in a deal estimated at more than ¥10 billion. Lawson will buy all shares in the holding company of United Cinema from the existing shareholders, including ...

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 ...

Jul 1, 2014

Lawson chairman Niinami nominated as new Suntory president

Suntory Holdings Ltd. said Tuesday it has nominated Takeshi Niinami, chairman of major convenience store operator Lawson Inc., as its new president. The major brewer and distiller made the decision at the day’s extraordinary board meeting. Niinami, 55, will officially assume the presidency on ...

Convenience stores give our nation pride

| May 10, 2014

Convenience stores give our nation pride

by Michael Hoffman

Japan’s prime minister is an unabashed patriot, as outspoken in his love for his country as in his desire to instill that love in his compatriots. Are his compatriots receptive? Opinion polls on attitudes toward pending revisions of long-standing interpretations of the pacifist Constitution, ...

Lawson taps Tamatsuka to take the helm

Mar 19, 2014

Lawson taps Tamatsuka to take the helm

Lawson Inc. plans to promote Chief Operating Officer Genichi Tamatsuka, 51, to president and chief executive officer on May 1, informed sources said Wednesday. Current CEO Takeshi Niinami, 55, will step aside to take the post of chairman with the right to represent the ...

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Jan 27, 2014

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Business leaders, including top executives at Lawson Inc. and Suntory Holdings Ltd., are joining forces to back the legalization of casinos in Japan, a proposal that could open up what is estimated to be the world’s second- largest gaming market. Lawson Chief Executive Officer ...

Dec 30, 2013

Lawson to sell organic veggies in Kanto region

Major convenience store chain Lawson Inc. is looking to start selling organically grown vegetables at some 1,000 outlets in the Kanto region next year, Chief Operating Officer Genichi Tamatsuka said. Lawson wants to be recognized as a leading seller of healthy foods, Tamatsuka said, ...

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 ...