National / Crime & Legal Nov 4, 2015

Police report 196 fraud cases of forged revenue stamps

Some 196 cases of fraud using forged revenue stamps were found in 16 prefectures since August, police sources said Wednesday. Sources said counterfeit revenue stamps were found at post offices, ticket brokers and convenience stores nationwide, indicating they were issued by an organized crime syndicate. ...

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

Business / Corporate Oct 15, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

FamilyMart Co. has agreed to buy Uny Group Holdings Co., the operator of the Circle K and Sunkus chains, creating the nation's second-largest convenience store operator. It will be an all stock transaction valuing the company at about ¥171 billion. FamilyMart will pay 0.138 of a ...

Business / Corporate Aug 27, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny postpone agreement on merger plan

Convenience store operators FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. said Thursday they will postpone the planned signing in August of a basic merger agreement and take more time to work out the details of the deal, which was announced in March. The two companies ...

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

National Jan 30, 2015

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

FamilyMart Co. reopened a convenience store Friday in the town of Naraha, most of which remains a designated evacuation zone from the 2011 core meltdowns in Fukushima Prefecture. The store, located along a national highway on the Pacific coast, was closed after being engulfed in ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 10, 2014

Man held for allegedly extorting cigarettes from store owner

A 39-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly extorting cigarette cartons from a convenience store owner, police said Wednesday. The man allegedly posted video footage of himself threatening the store owner on the Internet. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, Go Nakamura, from the city ...

Editorials Jun 25, 2014

Winds of change in retail industry

The retail industry is entering into a period of major transformation. In addition to traditional entities such as department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores, new retail business forms are emerging, including mega shopping mall developments led by real estate companies and JR train terminals ...