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Merger may create giant Japanese drugstore chain

Retailer Cocokara Fine may be acquired by its larger rival Matsumotokiyoshi Holdings to create the largest Japanese drugstore chain.

7-Eleven Japan suffers first sales decline in nearly a decade

Japanese convenience-store chain 7-Eleven has suffered its first year-on-year downturn in more than nine years.

South Korean chains stop selling DHC products after offensive YouTube slur

South Korean health-and-beauty stores have suspended sales of products from Japanese beauty firm DHC Corp, after the company made offensive remarks about Koreans.

Tokyo restaurant Kikanbo opens first Hong Kong restaurant

Tokyo restaurant Kikanbo is to open its first Hong Kong restaurant in Causeway Bay.

Declining numbers of South Korean, Chinese tourists in Japan saps retailers

The declining spending by Chinese and South Korean tourists in Japan is beginning to hurt listed retailers.

Uniqlo, Coupang, Daiso weigh cost as Japan boycott grows

Uniqlo will close a store in central Seoul as a Japan boycott by South Korean consumers gains pace.

South Koreans start boycotting Japanese retailers

Japanese retailers GU and Muji are being boycotted by South Korean consumers as diplomatic crisis widens.

Japanese coffee chains eye Asian expansion

Upmarket Japanese coffee businesses are expanding into other Asian markets in an attempt to win over customers from global leaders such as Starbucks.

JR East to open first unmanned, cashless NewDays convenience store

Japanese railway firm JR East is launching an unmanned, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station.

Half of FamilyMart Japan store owners want shorter hours

FamilyMart Japan says almost half of its franchisees want to drop its signature 24-hour trading hours.

Honestbee back in business with new CEO and backers

Struggling grocery delivery company and grocer Honestbee has a new CEO who has promised to revive the business with the support of investors.

Four Asia-Pacific markets account for one-fifth of global travel spending

Visitors from Mainland China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan now account for 18.5 per cent of global travel spending in the world’s top 200 cities.

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