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Convenience stores changing with the times. Since 7-Eleven Japan (then called York Seven) opened the nation’s first convenience store in Tokyo’s Koto Ward in 1974, convenience stores have become a part of local community life, and combined sales are estimated at over 7 trillion yen a year, according to the Japan Franchise Association (JFA). .... [more] 17 Dec, 2007
Japanese motor accessories giant announces UAE move. A completely new retailing concept for the Middle East will welcome in the New Year by opening its doors at the new Times Square Center Mall, off the Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai. Sharaf Group is happy to announce it will open the region's first Yellow Hat store. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2007
McD's cancels franchise deal in Tokyo over mislabeling. The expiration dates on salad containers at several McDonald's restaurants were altered by a franchise holder so that they could be kept on the shelves longer, McDonald's Japan said Tuesday. The company will cancel its franchise agreement with Athlete Co. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2007
Japan's food safety scandal hits Mister Donut. A widening Japanese food safety scandal hit an internationally popular doughnut chain on Wednesday, with Mister Donut acknowledging it used out-of-date syrups in some of its drinks earlier this year. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
Ruth's Chris debuts in Japan. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc. on Thursday announced the opening of its 112th restaurant in Tokyo. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
Fast Retailing reports 1st profit decline in 4 years. Fast Retailing, the operator of Uniqlo casual clothing shops, said Thursday its profit dropped for the first time in four years despite its high-profile expansion push overseas. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2007
McDonald's Launches Cafe-Style Outlets in Japan. McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) on Wednesday opened 15 "McCafe" cafe-style outlets mainly in the Kanto region surrounding Tokyo, aiming at catering to a wider range of customers. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
McDonald's opening coffee shops in Japan. McDonald's is trying out coffee shops in Japan that will challenge Starbucks by brewing up bargain lattes, the fast food chain said Thursday. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2007
Franchisee files suit against Fujiya. A franchisee for Fujiya Co. in Ibaraki Prefecture has filed a lawsuit against the major confectioner, seeking 426 million yen in compensation for the closure of four outlets due to the franchiser's production halt over its use of expired ingredients in cake products. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2007
McDonald's sets maximum 90 yen gap between urban, rural prices. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said Thursday it has raised prices at its hamburger restaurants in urban areas while cutting them in rural districts, creating a maximum price gap of 90 yen for menu items. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007
McDonald's to raise prices in urban areas. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) will introduce a new pricing policy, abandoning the current uniform pricing system possibly within this month by charging more in urban areas and less in rural districts. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2007
Burger King stages return under new management, realities. Six years after withdrawing from the Japanese market, American fast-food chain Burger King is back, bringing with it the concept of a premium big hamburger in hopes of winning over consumers bored with typical fare. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
McDonald's March sales set record. McDonald's Holdings Co Japan said Tuesday its monthly sales hit 43.05 billion yen in March - the highest level in the company's 36-year history. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2007
Japanese looking to supersize their diet. After years of staying slim on a humble diet of fish, vegetables and rice, Japanese are developing a sweet tooth. That's proving a business opportunity for Krispy Kreme and other fast-food chains from the U.S., home of the Big Gulp and supersized fries. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
McDonald's Japan to boost franchise store ratio to 70 pct in 5 yrs. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) plans to raise its proportion of franchise restaurants to 70 pct from 30 pct over the next five years, reducing its dependence on costly directly managed stores. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Sheraton snags two Japanese hotels. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is opening two new Sheraton hotels in Japan under a franchise agreement with the hotel division of Kintetsu Corp. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
California Pizza Kitchen Opens Second Location in Japan. California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, opened its second location in Japan today. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
Century21 Real Estate plans share split. Century21 Real Estate of Japan Ltd said on Monday it planned a 5-for-1 share split on April 1, for shareholders as of March 31. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007

Fujiya unable to tell franchise owners when they can resume business. Fujiya Co apologized Tuesday to its shop owners who were forced to close their outlets, but could not tell them exactly when they can resume doing business. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
Au Bon Pain to open 300 cafes in Japan: Tokyo will get premiere site. Continuing its Asian expansion, Boston-based Au Bon Pain inked a franchise agreement that will add 300 locations in Japan in the next five years. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Sharaf Group signs a Master Franchise Agreement with Japan's top automotive accessories retailer. Sharaf Group, a UAE based business conglomerate has recently signed a long term Master Franchise Agreement with Japan's top automotive accessories retailers Yellow Hat Ltd. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
McDonald's Japan sales hit record Y441.5 bil. McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said Wednesday that sales in 2006 set a record high at 441.5 billion yen. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Cold Stone Aims To Be Hip in Japan. The ice-cream franchiser is trying a much different strategy from the way that it has grown in the U.S. to capture the tastebuds - and yen - of young people in a new market. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2006
Burger King to return to Japan after 5 years. Burger King Corp said Friday that it will return to the Japanese market in 2007 after a five-year absence. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2006
PNS Opens Its First Fast Food Restaurant In Japan. Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS), through its subsidiary company, PNS Francais Sdn Bhd (PNSF), has opened its first halal fast food restaurant in Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
Japan's Duskin to list on Dec. 12 in $170 mln IPO. Duskin Co. Ltd., a provider of cleaning services and the operator of Japan's biggest doughnut retailer chain, said it will float its shares on both the Tokyo and Osaka exchanges on Dec. 12. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2006
Duskin to list on Tokyo bourse this year. Duskin Co. Ltd., a provider of cleaning services and operator of Japan's biggest doughnut retailer chain, plans to float its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by the end of this year with a public offer worth up to 30 billion yen. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Hotel chain spreads wings in Japan. Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) agreed to take a major stake in the hotel arm of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) today as it attempted to spread its wings in Japan. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Secrets of Japanese franchise’s success. Ministop Convenience Stores hosted the Ministop Franchising Exhibit 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria where it revealed three key factors for its success in the Philippines and other countries. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
California Pizza Kitchen Opens First Location in Japan. California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. opened its first location in Japan today. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2006
Homewatch CareGivers Opens First Home Care Franchise in Japan. Homewatch CareGivers, providing independence and peace-of-mind to millions through professional in-home care services, has announced the opening of its first franchise in Japan. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
IKEA to open 2nd store in Yokohama on Friday. Swedish furnishing company IKEA will open its second store in Japan in Kohoku, Yokohama, on Friday. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Swedish furniture giant Ikea to open 2nd store in Japan on Sept 15. Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea will open its second outlet in Japan on Sept 15 in Yokohama, following the launch of its first outlet in Chiba Prefecture in late April. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Japanese convenience store chains struggling in China. Major Japanese convenience store operators are having a tough time in China, with surging land prices thwarting their aggressive expansion plans for the burgeoning market. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2006
Opening a Gymboree in Tokyo. Though Japan hardly caters to small business, one U.S. entrepreneur has started up a working franchise in the world's most expensive city. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2006
IKEA tries to furnish Japan, again. When the Swedish furnishing giant opens up anew in Tokyo on Monday, the company hopes to show it has mastered the key to winning over Japanese customers: small-space living. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2006
McDonald's to open more 24-hour shops, hike major item prices. McDonald's Co said Wednesday it will open more 24-hour shops while amending its low-price campaign by raising prices of major products. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
MRI big in Japan. MRINetwork has announced plans to open 100 franchise offices and four company-owned offices in Japan by 2009. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2006
Japanese retailer 7-11 to open franchise stores in China. The Japanese company 7-11, a convenience store superpower, has been given the green light by the Ministry of Commerce to open franchises in China. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2006
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