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Asrapport Dining Signs Franchise Agreement with Taco Bell Corp. for Japan.
businesswire.com - Asrapport Dining Co., Ltd announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Taco Bell Corp. for restaurant openings in Japan. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015
Shake Shack set to enter Japan in 2016.
fastcasual.com - Shake Shack Inc. has announced it will open the first-ever Tokyo Shake Shack in 2016. Shake Shack will partner with SAZABY LEAGUE Ltd., which plans to open ten units in Japan through 2020. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2015
Carl's Jr. signs agreement to enter Japan.
qsrweb.com - Carl’s Jr. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer in Japan. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Re/Max to Tap Housewives, Retirees for Growth as It Enters Japan.
bloomberg.com - Re/Max Holdings Inc. (RMAX), the franchiser of real estate brokerages about to begin operating in Japan, plans to use housewives and retirees to take advantage of a housing market recovery. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2014
Starbucks buying full control of Japan unit for $914 million.
reuters.com - Starbucks Corp on Tuesday said it plans to buy the remaining 60.5 percent share of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd that it does not already own in a two-step deal valued at about $913.5 million. ... [more] 23 Sep 2014
The future looks tasty for Domino’s in Japan.
cnbc.com - After reporting blowout profits Domino's Pizza Enterprises told CNBC on Tuesday its venture into Japan was providing a large slice of its success. ... [more] 12 Aug 2014
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf inks exclusive area development agreement for Japan.
fastcasual.com - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced it has signed an exclusive area development agreement with L.A. Style to introduce the brand to Japan. ... [more] 5 Aug 2014
Japan to get its first Mr. Jones' Orphanage franchise store.
nationmultimedia.com - Following the opening of its first Mr. Jones' Orphanage bakery house locally on Soi Thonglor two years ago, Evolution Capital yesterday revealed the first overseas expansion of its own bakery... [more] 6 Jun, 2014
Cold Stone Creamery plans major expansion in Japan.
qsrweb.com - Cold Stone Creamery has sold its interest as the Master Franchisee in Japan to HotLand Corp. to further develop the concept within the country. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2014
FamilyMart on a roll in Thailand, Vietnam, China.
asianewsnet.net - Japan-based FamilyMart will aggressively launch 1,000 more convenience-stores overseas, mostly in Thailand but also in Vietnam and China. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2014
Doc Popcorn Inks Master Franchise Agreement in Japan.
qsrmagazine.com - Doc Popcorn signed a master franchise agreement to develop 10 PopShop locations in Japan. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Cookie Time tackles Japanese market.
nzherald.co.nz - It has taken three decades, but New Zealand food manufacturer Cookie Time has established its first overseas venture, opening a store in Japan. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
RE/MAX Expands in Asia with Entry to Japan.
marketwatch.com - RE/MAX, LLC has sold the master franchise rights for the country of Japan, the world's third-largest economy. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2013
McDonald's Japan appoints new leader as sales slump.
reuters.com - McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd replaced on Tuesday the president and CEO of its operating company after its first-half sales and profits dropped as higher prices put off customers. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2013
Domino's lifts profit, eyes expansion into Japan.
theaustralian.com.au - Fast-food franchisor Domino's Pizza Enterprises is set to buy a 75 per cent stake in Domino's Pizza Japan in a deal worth $236 million and funded by a discounted equity raising. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Dippin' Dots is Japan Bound.
qsrmagazine.com - Dippin’ Dots, the maker of iconic ice cream and frozen treats, announced the signing of a joint master licensing agreement with Wellness Hanshin in Osaka, Japan, for the exclusive... [more] 26 Mar, 2013
Hawaiian Ernie Higa Reintroduces Wendy's Hamburgers to Japan.
forbes.com - Only an optimist would view today’s Japan as a bastion of entrepreneurial opportunity. But Hawaii-born Ernest M. Higa has learned to cope. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2012
Wetzel's Pretzels Opens First Asia Location.
marketwire.com - Wetzel's Pretzels, the leader in super-premium, hot and fresh pretzels, announced the opening of the company's first Asia location, at the Ario Kameari Mall in Tokyo. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2012
Gelatissimo eyes up Japan, Vietnam in expansion plan.
franchise.net.au - Gelato franchise business Gelatissimo is planning further overseas expansion with Vietnam and Japan initial targets for growth. The Middle East and South Africa are also on the company's radar. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
Wendy’s Enters Japan with Grand Opening of Tokyo Restaurant.
businesswire.com - The Wendy’s Company today announced the grand opening of the first joint venture Wendy’s restaurant in Japan, located in Tokyo’s Omotesando area. ... [more] 26 Dec, 2011
Krispy Kreme Adds New Regions to Expansion Plans For Japan.
prnewswire.com - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation announced today that it has signed additional development agreements with its Japanese franchisee, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Japan Co., Ltd. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2011
Krispy Kreme Signs New Development Agreements for Japan.
prnewswire.com - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation today announced that it has signed new development agreements with its Japanese franchisee, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Japan Co., Ltd. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2011
Edo Japan opens 100th restaurant in Edmonton.
canada.com - How does a mall food-court restaurant chain expand when hardly anyone builds enclosed malls anymore? For Edo Japan, the answer was straying from the food court to the street. ... [more] 10 May, 2011
McDonald's Boosts Imports to Japan Amid Supply-Chain Problems.
wsj.com - McDonald's Corp. has boosted imports to Japan to counter supply-chain disruptions and damage from the earthquake and resulting tsunami. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2011
7-Eleven Chain Launches Global Campaign for Japan Disaster Relief.
yahoo.com - The global chain of 7-Eleven is raising funds in close to 39,000 store locations to assist organizations providing relief for the Japanese people devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2011
Build-A-Bear franchisees close 5 stores in Japan, 1 store in Bahrain.
stltoday.com - Five Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in Japan have been closed in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2011
Yum! Brands units remain closed in Japan.
pizzamarketplace.com - Of Yum! Brands’ 1,530 units in Japan, 150 remain closed after last week’s earthquake/tsunami. All Yum! restaurants in Japan are franchised. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2011
Ikea, H&M help employees leave Tokyo on radiation fears.
news.com.au - Several large Nordic companies, including Ikea and H&M, overnight offered to help their Japanese employees leave Tokyo and surrounding areas and relocate further south. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2011
McDonald's Pledges $2 Million to Japan Relief.
qsrmagazine.com - McDonald's Corporation announced that it will contribute to the Japan disaster relief efforts with a donation of $2 million USD. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2011
Wendy's to re-open in Japan later this year.
yahoo.com - Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc will re-enter the Japanese market through a partnership with food importer Higa Industries Co Ltd, and the first Wendy's restaurant will open its doors in Tokyo later this year. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2011
Hooters restaurant in Tokyo proves hit.
japantoday.com - Customers are lined up every night to get in Hooters Tokyo, the first Japanese outlet of the U.S. casual restaurant and sports bar chain that opened in Tokyo’s Akasaka area last fall. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2011
McDonald's Japan sales in 2010 hit record high for 5th year.
japantoday.com - Sales at McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd’s own and franchise stores climbed to an all-time high in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year, rising 2% from a year earlier to 542.7 billion yen. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2011
McDonald's Japan forecasts record sales for 2010.
japantoday.com - McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd said Thursday it expects to see its group sales grow to a record high in the year to Dec 31 owing to the popularity of the ‘‘Big America’’ series of hamburgers. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2010
KFC Japan tries to woo female consumers.
qsrweb.com - Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd. plans to add more stores -- as many as 100 in three years -- that offer healthier menu items. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Domino's Pizza launches English website.
japantoday.com - Domino’s Pizza Japan on Sept 30 launched an all-English website to mark its 25th anniversary of doing business in Japan. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2010
Big Multiunit Deal Will Take Robeks Across Asia.
qsrmagazine.com - Robeks Corporation announced that it signed a multi-year master franchise agreement with Tokyo-based Clarence Corporation to open 500 smoothie cafes in Japan and 12 other Asian countries. ... [more] 25 Aug, 2010
McDonald's posts record sales in Jan.-June period.
japantoday.com - McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. said Wednesday that sales at all McDonald’s outlets in Japan in the January-June period increased 2.9 percent from a year earlier to an all-time high of 268.30 billion yen. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2010
Baskin-Robbins Japan Celebrates the Opening of Its 1,000th Store.
finance.yahoo.com - Baskin-Robbins is opening its 1,000th store in Japan. To honor this important milestone the company held a grand opening celebration at the new shop located at Decks Tokyo Beach... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
Subway Japan to open restaurant with lettuce-growing unit.
japantoday.com - Fast food store chain operator Subway Japan Inc said Monday that it will open a new outlet equipped with a lettuce-growing unit Tuesday in the Marunouchi business district of central Tokyo. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2010
Wendy's sets sights on Japan - again.
dispatch.com - In hopes of increasing its international presence, Wendy's/Arby's Group has plans to re-enter the Japanese market it left only seven months ago. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010
Uniqlo operator to boost global operations.
japantoday.com - Fast Retailing Co, the operator of the popular Uniqlo casual clothing chain, aims to continue expanding its global operations with an eye to opening shops in emerging markets such as... [more] 18 May, 2010
Uniqlo operator to raise number of China outlets to 1,000 in 10 years.
japantoday.com - Fast Retailing Co, the operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, will aim to raise the number of its outlets in China to 1,000 over the next 10 years, its Chairman and President Tadashi Yanai said Thursday. ... [more] 14 May, 2010
Krispy Kreme, Duskin ready for Osaka war.
japantoday.com - In separate media previews Tuesday, two major doughnut chains announced they are set to open their first shops in the city of Osaka on Thursday. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2010
McDonald's upgrades 12 outlets in Tokyo.
japantoday.com - McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) upgraded interiors and exteriors at 12 outlets in Tokyo Sunday with an aim to attract those who have never used the hamburger franchises. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2010
Uniqlo to open 1st store in Russia in April.
japantoday.com - Fast Retailing Co, the operator of the Uniqlo casual wear chain, will open its first Uniqlo store in Russia on April 2 in downtown Moscow. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2010
January convenience store sales fall 5%
japantoday.com - Convenience store sales in Japan dropped 5.3% from a year earlier to 565.26 billion yen in January on a same-store basis, an industry body said Monday. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2010
Bain Capital to buy Domino's Pizza in Japan.
reuters.com - U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital said on Monday it would acquire the Japan franchisee of Domino's Pizza as it sees opportunities in the country's niche pizza delivery market. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
Wendy's to exit Japan, 71 restaurants to close.
reuters.com - Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc said an agreement with its Japan franchisee will expire at year end, resulting in the closure of 71 Wendy's restaurants in a fast food market dominated by McDonald's Corp. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2009
Seven & I cuts full-year earnings projection.
japantoday.com - Retailer Seven & I Holdings Co revised its earnings projection for the current business year through next February downward Tuesday, citing lackluster sales due to the cooler-than-expected summer... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
McDonald's Japan posts record sales, operating profit.
japantoday.com - McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) said Wednesday that sales at all McDonald’s outlets in Japan—both directly controlled and franchise shops—in the January-June period rose 4.1% from a year earlier. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2009
Burger King woos Japan with 'angry' burger. The Angry Whopper is arriving in Japan, a nation where the competition over hamburgers is as sizzling hot as the new spicy offering from fast-food chain Burger King. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
FTC probes Seven-Eleven over 'bento' discount ban. The Fair Trade Commission is investigating Seven-Eleven Japan Co. for allegedly restricting franchise stores from discounting sales of boxed lunches and other food products close to their expiry dates, the company's owner said Friday. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2009
McDonald's gets Y40 bil loan from Japanese banks. McDonald’s Corp said Thursday it secured a 40-billion yen loan from three Japanese banks. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2009
McDonald's to post record sales for eating-out industry. McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) said Thursday that sales at its network of shops are likely to top 500 billion yen in the 2008 business year, becoming the first restaurant chain in Japan to succeed in bringing annual sales above the threshold. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2008
Golden Spoon Opens First International Locations in Japan. Golden Spoon, the largest frozen yogurt chain in California by sales volume, has accelerated its international expansion with the announcement of two additional stores for Japan in the month of December. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2008
Ikea opens first distribution center in Japan. Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea on Wednesday opened its first distribution center in Japan near the port of Nagoya as it aims to expand nationwide. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2008
Fast Retailing to open Uniqlo clothing stores in Russia, India. Fast Retailing Co said Wednesday it is considering opening outlets of its flagship Uniqlo casual wear brand in Russia and India.The Japanese clothing giant said it aims to triple its overseas sales over two years. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2008
Cold Stone Creamery opens 100th international location in Tokyo. Cold Stone Creamery marks two milestones in its three-year-old international expansion program this summer: its 100th international store and its 25th store in Japan. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
McDonald's Japan to raise prices by 2.5% McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) said Friday that it will raise the prices of its key products by about 2.5% on average nationwide, due to rising raw materials costs. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2008
McDonald's Japan to put off performance-based wage system for managers. McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) will postpone the planned Aug 1 introduction of a performance-based wage system for store managers due to anxiety among managers. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2008
Japan Convenience Stores Oppose Calls for Shorter Business Hours. Japan's convenience store industry hopes to continue operating their stores around the clock, an industry leader said Friday, rejecting calls for shorter business hours to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
Uniqlo shares at five-year record. Shares in Fast Retailing - owner of the Uniqlo chain - have hit a five-year high after strong May sales and reports it was set for bumper annual profits. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2008
Seven-Eleven Japan to set up franchise network in Shanghai. Convenience store chain operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co will open franchise outlets in Shanghai and Beijing this autumn. .... [more] 30 May, 2008
McDonald's Japan to start giving store managers overtime pay. McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) said Tuesday it will introduce a new wage system on Aug 1 to start providing overtime pay to store managers, but that it will offset resultant higher personnel expenses by abolishing an allowance it has paid in light of the importance of store managers’ duties. .... [more] 21 May, 2008
McDonald's Japan ups 2008 net profit estimate. McDonald’s Holdings Co said Wednesday that it has revised up its group net profit estimate for 2008 to 11.5 billion yen from 10 billion yen. .... [more] 15 May, 2008
California PIZZA KITCHEN Opens Third Location In Japan. California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, opened its third location in Japan today. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2008
Yogen Fruz Signs New Partner to Add 60 Stores in Japan. Yogen Früz, a frozen yogurt chain with 1,100 stores in over 20 countries, announced today that it has signed new partner and master franchisee Toyoda Sangyo Co. Ltd. to more than quintuple its store locations in Japan. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Seven-Eleven to pay overtime to managers. Leading Japanese convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co is set to pay overtime to some 500 managers of directly run stores from March, company officials said Friday. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2008
McDonald's Japan profit jumps five-fold. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said Thursday that its group net profit in 2007 grew five-fold from the previous year to 7,819 million yen thanks to the launch of the Mega Mac hamburger. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008

Convenience store sales dip 1% in 2007. Sales at convenience stores in Japan in 2007 fell 1% from the previous year on a same-store basis, marking a year-on-year decrease for the eighth straight year. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2008
7-Eleven operator profits inch down. Seven & I Holdings Co., the operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, said Thursday net profit inched down in the first three quarters of its business year as it invested to make shops more high-tech. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2008
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