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Cars are pictured with Mount Fuji from a secondhand car dealer in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Friday.
May 9, 2024
Barrier to block view of Mount Fuji delayed
Fujikawaguchiko town is building the screen to deter people from taking pictures of the landmark.
Telecoms giant KDDI plans with Mitsubishi to take convenience store operator Lawson private could help it as it currently stands behind FamilyMart and Seven & I Holdings in a three-horse race.
Feb 14, 2024
There are clouds on the horizon in Japan’s 'conbini-land'
Industry consolidation has pushed minor players out of the conbini game.
Mitsubishi President Katsuya Nakanishi (left), Lawson President Sadanobu Takemasu (center) and KDDI President Makoto Takahashi wear Lawson uniforms during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday to announce the carrier's plan to raise its stake in the convenience chain.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 7, 2024
KDDI to raise stake in Lawson to jointly run convenience chain
Japan's second-largest mobile carrier currently holds 2.1% of shares but will invest about ¥500 billion to increase its stake through a tender offer.
Flavorless (?) Candy spurred debate over what the "taste of nothingness" tastes like, if anything.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 10, 2023
Sucking on Japan's flavorless candy for a 'state of nothingness'
The candy was developed for people who wanted to moisten mouths that had gone dry from all-day mask wearing but without a sugar rush.
Japan Times
May 8, 2023
50 years on, Japan's convenience stores keep evolving
Facing market saturation, increased competition and labor shortages, the country's major chains struggle to innovate and stay competitive.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 28, 2022
Lawson opens first avatar-staffed convenience store in Tokyo
Remotely controlled avatars will tend to customers via monitors near self-checkout counters and in aisles, making it possible for those with mobility issues to be employed by the store.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 6, 2022
AI helps Japanese convenience stores profit from reduced waste
In 2015, Lawson introduced a system in which the AI at its head office advises store managers and experienced staff on product management at all stores.
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2022
Japanese firms hit by COVID lockdown in Shanghai
The lockdown is forcing Japanese retailers to halt operations in Shanghai, while Japanese manufacturers have also been affected by supply-chain disruptions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 15, 2022
Lawson to raise Kara-age Kun prices for first time in 36 years
The price of the nuggets, sold in a paper envelope with a toothpick and a chicken illustration that's instantly recognizable to anyone in the country, will increase to u00a5238 from May 31.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 12, 2022
Japanese retailer Lawson Inc. considers Seijo Ishii IPO
A listing for Seijo Ishii would test investor appetite for retailers in a country where household spending has been under pressure for decades.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Oct 11, 2021
Japan’s convenience stores look to the future
Domestic franchises are struggling to remain relevant as consumer habits change and global competition intensifies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Aug 10, 2021
The konbini becomes a convenient topic for the foreign press to turn to in an off-limits Tokyo
Has the rest of the world finally discovered what tens of millions in Japan already know? The 'konbini' is no ordinary convenience store.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2021
It’s a fried food showdown between FamilyMart and Lawson
It's the time of year where we all crave stick-to-your-ribs snacks, and “Konbini Watch” investigates the two chains' latest offerings.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2020
Have a sweet, strawberry end to 2020
Need an alternative to the typical Christmas cake? Give these two colorful convenience store desserts a try.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 16, 2020
Lawson to close 85 stores nationwide over New Year's holidays
In a rare move, the convenience store operator will allow franchise owners to shut stores for several days between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2020
Toyota and convenience stores to test fuel-cell delivery trucks in Japan
Seven-Eleven Japan, FamilyMart and Lawson will use light-duty trucks with a maximum payload of 3 tons being developed by Toyota and its subsidiary Hino Motors.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2020
These convenience store snacks are here to ‘slay’
Head to Lawson and you'll find a range of limited-edition snacks tied to the recent record-breaking movie, “Demon Slayer.”
Japan Times
Sep 19, 2020
Seven-Eleven’s new muffin sandwich experiment is a dense, doughy eat
Debating if you should try one of Seven-Eleven's muffin sandwiches? Take our word for it and just stick to the iconic, triangle-cut sandwich.
Japan Times
Sep 5, 2020
If you can’t decide between sweet or savory, why not get both to go?
Lawson has gone cup crazy with new Cupke desserts and skewers in portable packaging.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 3, 2020
Japan's convenience stores are told to stop pushing 24-hour schedules
The firms' business models have been criticized for putting profit ahead of the needs of franchise owners.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?