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Japan’s Maruya opens first offshore store, in Hong Kong

Osaka-based drugstore Maruya has made its international debut in Hong Kong with its first store in Sheung Shui, a prominent ‘border town’ notorious for parallel traders.

Japanese online watch rental concept Karitoke opens third store and launches AR app

Japanese watch rental service Kairtoke is launching in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Marui building next Friday, and launching an app with VR allowing consumers to test the look before they hire.

Seven & I drops Speedway US bid

7-Eleven operator Seven & I has cancelled its plans to purchase American petrol station chain Speedway.

Coronavirus to wipe US$8.3bn off Asia-Pacific duty-free sales

The coronavirus outbreak has substantially altered forecasts for Asia-Pacific duty-free sales this year, according to research firm GlobalData.

Aeon Vietnam plans US$2 billion expansion

Japanese retail giant Aeon Vietnam says it will invest US$2 billion expanding its presence across the country.

Starbucks Japan to open greenhouse store in theme park

Starbucks Japan is to open a greenhouse store in western Tokyo this month, set in a theme park celebrating flora and fauna.

Tokyo Tokyo store opens at Haneda Airport

Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched a souvenir shop, Tokyo Tokyo, at Haneda Airport. Located in a retail strip at the airport’s international terminal, Edo Ko-ji, Tokyo Tokyo offers a wide selection of souvenirs including traditional dolls Daruma, maneki-neko lucky-cat charms and models of the iconic Tokyo Tower. The stor…

Launching this year: Mos Burger in Vietnam

Mos Burger in Vietnam will open its first store in Ho Chi Minh City later this year, with 10 outlets planned during the next htree years.

Seven & I bids for US c-store network Speedway

Seven & I Holdings, the Japanese parent of convenience-store chain 7-Eleven, is in talks to purchase Marathon Petroleum’s Speedway convenience-store network in the US.

Don Don Donki Thailand to expand after success of debut store

Don Don Donki Thailand will expand its retail network this year after positive trading performance of the first outlet.

Tokyo builds its case to become the next key global city for fashion

Tokyo is to host Japan’s largest fashion and art event next month – Tokyo Creative Salon – part of a plan to boost its case to become one of the world’s key fashion hubs.

Japanese shopping service Nippon Passport secures funding

Nippon Passport has raised ¥200 million (US$1.82 million) in pre-series A funding, led by private investors and business companies through a third-party allotment.