Oct 8, 2014

Mobile truck stores filling void in shrinking suburbs

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As the population shrinks in Tokyo’s outskirts and stores close down, some businesses are spotting a niche for mobile stores operating from the back of delivery trucks.The stalls can be a boon for elderly people, who find it hard otherwise to obtain their groceries. ...

Apr 7, 2014

Two stores reopen in decontaminated hamlet

Three years after the worst nuclear accident in Japanese history, residents returning to Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, finally have somewhere to do their shopping.Two makeshift stores opened in Tamura’s Miyakoji district on Sunday as part of a local drive to persuade residents to return to ...

Fund plans Southeast Asia stores to pitch Japan

Dec 17, 2013

Fund plans Southeast Asia stores to pitch Japan

A public-private fund is planning to open stores in major Southeast Asian cities to sell products related to Japanese culture.The plan involves renting parts of large-scale commercial facilities or buying entire buildings, Nobuyuki Ota, chief executive officer of Cool Japan Fund Inc., said. The ...