• Kyodo News


Drugstore chain operator Welcia Kanto Co. and nursing home operator Wisnet Co. will offer to jointly buy all of the nursing care operations of Goodwill Group Inc., sources said Saturday.

Welcia, an affiliate of supermarket chain operator Aeon Co., and Wisnet want to take over Goodwill’s entire nursing care operations and employees, but they may review unprofitable services provided on remote islands and in other underpopulated areas, the sources said.

Welcia hopes to strengthen its business to dispense medicine for the elderly through the purchase, the sources said.

Goodwill has decided to sell all of nursing care services provided by subsidiary Comsn Inc. and five other group units as a result of Comsn’s acquisition of licenses through fraudulent applications such as showing an inflated number of employees.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has announced it will terminate the licenses of nearly 80 percent of Comsn’s nursing care centers.

Welfare services firm Nichii Gakkan Co. is the only other business entity showing willingness to buy all of Goodwill’s nursing care business.

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