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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.

Fast Retailing to open giant retailtainment venue Uniqlo Park

Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its largest store yet at the recently refurbished Mitsui Outlet Park in Japan on April 10.

Featured store: Steampunk theme for Japanese hair salon Miyanishi Yakeyama

Japanese hair salon Miyanishi Yakeyama, created by architectural firm Fathom, features a wall of greenery and copper pipes.

Mega Don Quijote Uny store opens in Ichihara

UD Retail Co has opened a Mega Don Quijote Uny store in Ichihara, Chiba.

Starbucks Japan launches Smart Lounge railway station concept

Starbucks Japan has launched a new concept store in collaboration with railway operator JR East, the Starbucks Coffee Takanawa Gateway Station.

Venus Tears opens flagship store in Singapore

Singaporean and Japanese Bridal jewellery brand Venus Tears has opened a flagship store off Orchard Road.