Convenience stores are promoting themselves as a vital community presence amid moves by some local government officials to curb their midnight operations to help combat global warming.

While such restrictions are meant to be voluntary, the Japan Franchise Association says convenience stores that stay open 24 hours serve an essential role as a refuge for potential crime victims or simply for people in need of help.

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