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 ...

Jul 22, 2013

Lawson opens Shanghai Naruto stores

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. opened five outlets revamped with motifs based on the popular cartoon series “Naruto Shippuden” in Shanghai on Sunday. This is the third time Lawson has opened anime-themed outlets in Shanghai. The other stores were designed with “Ultra Heroes” and ...

Jul 16, 2013

Son's freezer photo stunt ends Lawson franchise

A 21-year-old part-time worker at a Lawson convenience store in Kamobe, Kochi Prefecture, uploaded pictures of himself inside an ice cream freezer to Facebook, prompting Lawson headquarters to cancel its contract with the franchise after receiving complaints, company officials said. The store, which was ...