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Kith opens Tokyo flagship store

US multibrand streetwear and sneaker retailer Kith is to open its first international flagship store, in Tokyo, Japan this Saturday.

Chinese tea chain Nayuki launches in Japan

Chinese fruit-based cheese tea brand Nayuki is making its debut in Japan, opening its first cafe in the Zero Gate shopping complex in Osaka.

Singapore’s Ya Kun Kaya Toast makes second foray into Japan

Singaporean breakfast chain Ya Kun Kaya Toast is attempting to crack the Japanese market, opening a store in Tokyo in a second foray into the country.

Espoir enters offline channels in Japan

Amorepacific’s makeup brand Espoir has entered Japanese offline retail channels after making an online debut in April.

6ixty8ight makes Japanese debut with online launch

Hong Kong lingerie brand 6ixty8ight marks its Japanese debut on June 20 by launching an e-commerce store.

McDonald’s sales figures show marked improvement as Covid-19 lockdowns eased

Newly released McDonald’s sales figures have shown a marked global improvement for the business sequentially from late March through May despite Covid-19.

Shiseido Beauty Square concept store opens in Tokyo

Shiseido is to open its new beauty retailing concept store Beauty Square in Tokyo’s Harajuku district today.

Lawson Japan to stock Muji products

Muji products will soon be stocked in Lawson Japan outlets, and further daily-use products will be developed under a new private brand.

Japanese department store Odakyu launches service to serve Chinese at home

Japanese department store Odakyu has partnered with Taeltech marketplace to launch service in China.

Ecoalf opens Japanese flagship

Spanish fashion brand Ecoalf has opened its first Japanese flagship store, in Tokyo’s Shibuya, spanning two floors and featuring its latest collection.

Inditex to close 1200 smaller stores, invest online

Inditex plans to close up to 1200 smaller stores globally as it invests more than €2.7 billion in expanding its online capacity and large-format stores.

Ikea Japan opens first compact store, in Tokyo

Ikea Harajuku, modelled on smaller compact inner city Ikea stores popping up in Paris and New York, targets urban apartment dwellers with a smaller, curated range of about 9500 goods selected from its big-box destination shops.