Japan Re-Invents the Convenience Store

 Japan Re-Invents the Convenience Store

The original Lawson store chain has spawned “Happy Lawson” and “Natural Lawson”

Sony sinks, Toyota tumbles, and the Nikkei stock index plunges to lows not seen for more than a quarter of a century. But the global financial storm can’t rattle Japan’s convenience stores, where sales are up smartly. These hardy and still-multiplying spawn of 7-Eleven now number about 41,700, and they are arguably the most convenient convenience stores on Earth.

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