'Konbini' coffee wins praise and profit for convenience stores

Business Oct 21, 2014

'Konbini' coffee wins praise and profit for convenience stores

"Conbini" (convenience store) operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players — coffee. Millions and millions of cups of it. Inspired by a popular ¥100 blend launched by McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) ...

Retailers scrambling to empty fat foreign wallets

National May 21, 2014

Retailers scrambling to empty fat foreign wallets

In graying Japan, retailers are waking up to a hot new demographic: foreign visitors. Driven by government tourism promotions and lately a weaker yen, the number of inbound travelers has quietly doubled in the past decade to top 10 million for the first time last ...