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Lawson to cut back 24-hour operation. Lawson Inc. plans to let some of its convenience stores close several hours a day as early as 2007, complying with growing calls from aging franchisees. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2005
Seven and I seals deal to become Japan's top retailer. Seven and I Holdings, owner of Seven-Eleven convenience stores, said it will take control of the Seibu and Sogo department stores for about 1.1 billion dollars to become Japan's top retailer. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2005
Ruth's Chris Signs Franchise Agreement for Japan. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. today announced the signing of a new franchise agreement for Japan. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery Debuts in Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun warmed up to Cold Stone Creamery during the recent opening of the company's first store in Asia. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2005
Cafe with play area finds a following by restricting clientele to moms, kids. Debuting just a little more than a year ago, Skip Kids, a cafe catering to mothers and their children, has proven so popular it's drawing more than 5,000 customers a month. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
Pak Mail opens fourth location in Japan. Packing and shipping has begun at a fourth Pak Mail franchise in Japan, the company announced Wednesday. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery to Open First Japan Store. Cold Stone Creamery, the fastest-growing ice cream franchise in the United States, has announced plans to open its first store in Tokyo. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2005
McDonald’s Japan net profit triples. McDonald's Japan, the country's largest fast-food chain, reported yesterday its first-quarter net profit more than tripled thanks to strong sales at new and existing restaurants, and kept its full-year forecast. .... [more] 10 May, 2005
Curves Expands to Asia. Curves International Inc., the world's largest chain of fitness and weight loss centers, announced today the launch of its Asian expansion by executing a Japan Master Franchise Agreement. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2005

Carrefour exits Japan, Mexico, expands in Italy. French supermarket giant Carrefour said on Thursday that it had sold its eight hypermarkets in Japan to Japanese group Aeon and 29 hypermarkets in Mexico to Mexican group Cherdraui, while expanding in Italy. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005

McDonald's Japan back in black. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) on Thursday reported a consolidated net profit of 3.68 billion yen for 2004, swinging back into the black for the first time in three years. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005

Coverall Cleaning Concepts Announces a New Master Regional Support Center. Coverall Cleaning Concepts, today announced the opening of a new Coverall Regional Support Center in Kobe, Japan. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2005

Japan to launch convenience stores in China. Japanese convenience store operators and other retailers are set to expand franchise chains in China after this Saturday, when the government there deregulates the establishment of such operations by foreign companies. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
New menu boosts McDonald's Japan. A new menu featuring bigger burgers has helped McDonald's Japan triple its profits in the nine months to the end of September. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2004
Little Caesars closes pizza stores in Japan. Little Caesars has shuttered 16 units in Japan and is auctioning off the accompanying equipment. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
McDonald's Japan posts 1.12 billion yen net profit. McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Tuesday it saw a more than eight-fold increase in net profit to 1.12 billion yen during the January-June period due to a popular new menu and sales promotions. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2004
Medicine Shoppe signs franchise deal in Japan. Franchisor Medicine Shoppe International Inc. (MSI) has entered into an agreement that will make it one of the first American pharmacies to operate in Japan. .... [more] 20 May, 2004

Self-serve gas stand-shop combinations spread nationwide. Oil companies are aggressively building self-service gas stations combined with convenience stores, coffee shops and other stores across the country. .... [more] 20 May, 2004
McDonald's Japan chief quits after two years. McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Wednesday its president and chief operating officer, Yasuyuki Yagi, has stepped down to "mark a new chapter" for the company. .... [more] 13 May, 2004
Founder of McDonald's in Japan is dead at 78. Den Fujita, a charismatic businessman who established the McDonald's fast-food chain's Japan presence as well as the country's Toys "R" Us debut, has died of heart failure. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2004
MRI Expands Recruiting Network to Japan. Management Recruiters International (MRI), the world's largest search and recruitment organization, recently signed an agreement with FujiStaff Inc. to join the global MRI franchise network. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2004
Build-a-Bear Workshop Teddy Bears Go Global. Build-A-Bear Workshop announced today that it just opened new stores in Korea on February 13 and Japan on February 14. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2004
McDonald's Holdings posts 7 billion yen net loss. McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Friday it posted a net loss of 7.12 billion yen for 2003, with weak sales and heavy restructuring costs forcing the company into its second consecutive losing year. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2004
McDonald's set to snare Apple president. McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) is set to name Apple Japan Inc. President Eiko Harada as its chief executive officer. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2004
U.S. recruiting firm to enter Japan. Fuji Staff Inc., a midsize manpower agency, said Tuesday it has agreed on a business tieup with Management Recruiters International Inc. of the U.S. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2004
Kentucky Fried Chicken sees net profit fall 19.6% Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd. said Thursday its group net profit for the year to Nov. 30 fell 19.6 percent from the previous year to 1.11 billion yen. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2004
Seven-Eleven Japan hell-'bento' on being Nagoya's No. 1. Convenience store chains have been engaged in cutthroat competition for survival in Nagoya, ever since Seven-Eleven Japan Co. opened its first outlets here in December 2002. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2004
McDonald's to give away burgers. McDonald's Co. (Japan) said it will hand out 10 million hamburger coupons on Sunday in an attempt to buck up sales following the outbreak of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2004
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