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Aeon to open mall in Myanmar by 2023

Japan’s largest retailer Aeon is to open a shopping mall in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, in 2023.

LVMH-backed L Catterton invests in Japanese cosmetics company Etvos

Japanese cosmetics brand Etvos has received a significant investment from global private-equity firm L Catterton’s Asia fund.

Dean & Deluca US files for bankruptcy

Thailand’s Pace Corporation has finally filed for bankruptcy of its Dean & Deluca US business after all of its North American stores were shuttered last year.

Don Don Donki opens second outlet in Thailand despite Covid-19

TiAmidst the Covid-19 outbreak, Japanese discount-variety store Don Don Donki has continued ahead with the opening of its latest branch in Bangkok, Thailand as part of its international expansion.

South Korean department stores restore sales programmes

South Korean department stores will no longer postpone their sales programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Panic buying underpins Japanese retail sales growth

Japanese retail sales have recorded a distinct uptick as consumers enter panic-buying mode in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

KFC Japan marks 50th anniversary

KFC Japan will celebrate its Golden anniversary this year, its launch dating back to March 1970 in an Osaka trial, with the first permanent store opening in November in Nagoya.

Shiseido and Shopee partner to boost J-beauty in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian e-commerce platform Shopee is partnering with Shiseido Asia Pacific to propel the growth of Japanese beauty products in Southeast Asia.

Third Uniqlo x Marimekko collection launches

Uniqlo has for a third time partnered with Finnish design company Marimekko to launch a new limited-edition collection Uniqlo x Marimekko.

Isetan Mitsukoshi to close Ebisu department store

Isetan Mitsukoshi is to close its 26-year-old Ebisu department store next year after failing to turn around mounting losses.

Uniqlo Vietnam to open second store in Ho Chi Minh City

Uniqlo Vietnam is to open Ho Chi Minh’s second store this year despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Shiseido launches Baum retail brand

Japanese cosmetics label Shiseido has released a new skincare brand, Baum, responding to growing consumer demand for products that embrace social responsibility and environmental considerations.