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Japanese airline ANA uses avatar robots to let customers shop remotely

Japanese airline ANA has opened a pop-up shop equipped with avatar robots that enable customers to shop remotely.

7-Eleven India plans 1000+ stores in Mumbai

7-Eleven India is poised to launch in Mumbai, marking the first major international convenience-store chain to take on local players.

Muji loses Chinese trademark infringement case

A Chinese court has ruled Japanese retailer Muji must pay RMB626,000 (US$89,000) and apologise to a local firm after losing a trademark-infringement case.

7-Eleven Japan has been underpaying staff for up to 50 years

Investigators have discovered 7-Eleven Japan to have been underpaying staff since the 1970s, according to a Nikkei report.

Another Jalan Jalan Japan superstore opens in Malaysia

Bok Marketing is launching its fifth preloved superstore, “Jalan Jalan Japan” (or “JJJ Superstore”) at Bandar Baru Bangi in Malaysia.

Aeon Vietnam opens second mall in Hanoi

Aeon Vietnam has opened its second shopping mall in Hanoi, located in Hanoi’s southwestern district of Ha Dong.

Maiden Uniqlo Vietnam store opens in Ho Chi Minh City

The first Uniqlo Vietnam store opened its doors today, marking the Japanese fast-fashion brand’s sixth market in Southeast Asia.

Japanese streetwear brand íxi:z to make a comeback – in Singapore

Eighties-era Japanese streetwear brand íxi:z is making a second debut in Singapore, launching next week at Mandarin Gallery.

Aeon teams with UK online grocer Ocado to boost online offer

Japanese supermarket operator Aeon is seeking to expand its e-commerce arm by hiring British online grocer Ocado.

Asia driving Fortnum & Mason growth

Upmarket British department store firm Fortnum & Mason has enjoyed double-digit growth this financial year largely driven by its operations in Asia.

Japan retail sales tumble as tax rise takes effect

Japan retail sales fell by 7.1 per cent in October – the greatest single monthly fall in almost five years.

Frozen-themed cafes pop up in Japan

Frozen-themed cafes are popping up in Japan, marking the release of the Disney animated film Frozen 2.