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FamilyMart UNY Holdings is planning increase its stake in Pan Pacific International Holdings (PPIH) Corporation.

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Matsumoto KiYoshi is reportedly in talks with Kanagawa-based Cocokara Fine on an acquisition deal. Merger would create Japan’s largest drugstore chain Should the deal go ahead, the merger would create a drugstore chain significantly larger than close and current market leader Welcia Holdings operated by Aeon. Drugstores like Matsumoto KiYoshi selling food, soft drinks and liquor has alre...
7-Eleven in Japan will discontinue its 7pay cashless payment service next month. Rebuilding trust essential A security breach of the payment service after the launch on July 1 exposed user data. The retailer has decided to discontinue the service at the end of September. Following this incident, we expect new initiatives, particularly those that use technology, to be rolled-out more cautiou...
Rakuten has published its results for the six months ending June 30, with Group revenue up 14.5% to JPY586,644m (US$5.6bn) year-on-year. Internet Services revenue up 16.1% Revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 16.1% to JPY359,156m (US$3.4bn) yoy. Segment profit increased by 94.3% to JPY108,867m (US$1bn) yoy. Ini...
Japanese railway firm JR East is set to open its first unstaffed, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station in Tokyo, Japan. How will it work? There will be self-checkout counters for shoppers to scan product barcodes. Cash payments and age-restricted products will not be available. Like other unstaffed stores around the world, products at the NewDays store will be rest...

This in-depth guide to Japan explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

Five year growth forecasts for the grocery market, the leading retailers and modern trade grocery channels in Japan.


Ultimate convenience is one of the key trends shaping the landscape of grocery retailing in Asia. We review what ultimate convenience means in reality and what this trend looks like in action.
We review the five big trends that we identified at the start of 2019, plus provide insight on the latest performance of Asia's leading grocery retailers.
We visited three 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo to see how the retailer is investing and rebuilding a model for the future…
Japan’s second largest convenience chain, FamilyMart, has launched its own smartphone payment system in July 2019.
Matsumoto KiYoshi is well-known amongst shoppers and famous in the beauty industry. Its standalone Beauty U banner however, offers something quite different, providing shoppers a more personalised beauty service.
Costco is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Japan this year. We visit Costco’s flagship warehouse in Kawasaki to pick out some of the key highlights that underpin its continued success.
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