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Lawson Inc. will close around 85 of its convenience stores across Japan during the country’s New Year’s holiday period, sources close to the matter said Wednesday, breaking from the industry’s 24 hours per day, 365 days per year standard.

The convenience store operator will allow franchise owners to shut stores for several days between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, as customer numbers are expected to decline at outlets in business districts.

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