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Sunday, April 22, 2007

UK Conbini coming to Japan

According to Forbes...

UK's Tesco to open convenience stores in Japan (in Japan called conbini) - TOKYO (XFN-ASIA) - Tesco PLC, the world's third-largest retailer, plans to enter Japan's convenience store market by opening 35 stores by February 2008, the Nikkei business daily reported, without citing sources.

recent years have seen more and more foreign companies opening in and around the Tokyo area. Ikea made big news coming here. Costco is doing quite well- and of course Starbucks has done very well. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary.

As a foreigner living here, seeing international companies come to town is nice. But I also always sadly note the homogenization of the world with some sadness. Great that globalism brings a clear path to working together peacefully- but sad that it always overshadows local small business and local culture. The world is becoming smaller and more the same everywhere you go. :(

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