Conventional Japanese supermarket chains, which are suffering dwindling sales and being cold-shouldered by consumers, will be dealt another blow with the advance of foreign retail giants wielding aggressive business plans into the Japanese market.

On Friday, French-owned Carrefour — the world’s second-largest retailer — will open its first Japan hypermarket. The site, in the Makuhari business district of Chiba Prefecture, is adjacent to several middle-class commuter towns.

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