• Kyodo News


Convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. has approached Goodwill Group Inc. to conclude an operational tieup with the scandal-hit staffing and welfare group in such fields as home delivery of products, company officials said Thursday.

FamilyMart has also proposed providing workers by letting some of its some 100,000 employees at 7,000 stores nationwide obtain licenses to provide nursing care. The store chain made the proposal to Goodwill through financial institutions, they said.

Worker-dispatch agency Goodwill is considering selling all its nursing-care businesses to other entities because the government does not plan to renew the licenses of its subsidiary Comsn Inc. in stages from April in the wake of a certification fraud.

About 30 firms have shown interest in buying the group’s nursing-care operations.

Goodwill has said it hopes to sell off its nursing-care business in its entirety, including nursing home operators and home nursing-care services. Another welfare service firm, Nichii Gakkan Co., has said it is interested.

The FamilyMart officials said its tieup plan with Goodwill could help solve the problem of low income for caretakers by enabling them to work at convenience stores when they are free.

“Nursing-care services do not necessarily provide full-time jobs,” one of the public relations officials said.

The officials said it believes its offer could add value to Goodwill’s services and personnel management, and eventually enable a smooth sale of its entire nursing-care operations.

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