Japan news

01 October 2019
After postponing the rise of consumption tax twice, Japan has today brought in the long-delayed policy into effect. The increase is the first time in five years, from 8% to 10%. Rebate to provide shoppers relief The new rate applies to nearly all goods and services, from electronics to books. The government has introduced measures, however, including discounts for certain purchases made u...
20 September 2019
Amazon Japan will begin installing Amazon Lockers in retail outlets and train stations this year. Partnering with retailers The ecommerce operator will introduce Amazon Hub service through partnerships with FamilyMart convenience store chain, supermarket operator Fuji Citio and Odakyu Electric Railway. The lockers will appear in dozens of retail outlets and train stations by the end of this...
20 September 2019
Online shopping mall Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu have agreed to road test autonomous delivery robots service, in collaboration with JD.com. Delivering goods using the Rakuten UGV The autonomous delivery robots service is to be tested from September 21 to October 27. Using the Rakuten Drone app, shoppers can place their orders from the Seiyu Livin Yokosuka Store and have the goods...
28 August 2019
Lawson has partnered Uber Eats in a short trial that offers food delivery for shoppers in Tokyo. 100 Lawson products listed on Uber Eats app  Just over one year ago, Lawson ended home delivery service for Lawson Fresh. The latest initiative will see Lawson selling around 100 products through the Uber Eats app. The service is now available for users in select Lawson stores in Shinjuku and ...
23 August 2019
To reduce the burden on store employees and compensate for labour shortages, Lawson has started unstaffed operations at a store in Yokohama's Isogo Ward, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, Japan. Unstaffed for five hours… The concept was  first announced  back in December 2017. Unstaffed service hours are between midnight to 5 a.m each day. The test will last for around six months. Whil...
21 August 2019
Japan’s four leading convenience banners, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Lawson and Ministop will offer a 2% discount for cashless payments starting October. On the spot discounts for nine months… The rebate program launched by the Japanese government coincides with the rise of consumption tax from 8% to 10% in October. The initiative will look to drive consumption and the use of cashless payments. ...
16 August 2019
FamilyMart UNY Holdings is planning increase its stake in Pan Pacific International Holdings (PPIH) Corporation. Not the first acquisition attempt… Earlier this year, FamilyMart UNY failed to secure enough shares to make PPIH’s Don Quijote an affiliate. It is unclear how the potential deal might impact Don Quijote should it go ahead.  FamilyMart UNY Holdings currently owns a total of 7,72...
16 August 2019
Matsumoto KiYoshi is reportedly in talks with Kanagawa-based Cocokara Fine on an acquisition deal. Merger would create Japan’s largest drugstore chain Should the deal go ahead, the merger would create a drugstore chain significantly larger than close and current market leader Welcia Holdings operated by Aeon. Drugstores like Matsumoto KiYoshi selling food, soft drinks and liquor has alre...
14 August 2019
7-Eleven in Japan will discontinue its 7pay cashless payment service next month. Rebuilding trust essential A security breach of the payment service after the launch on July 1 exposed user data. The retailer has decided to discontinue the service at the end of September. Following this incident, we expect new initiatives, particularly those that use technology, to be rolled-out more cautiou...
13 August 2019
Rakuten has published its results for the six months ending June 30, with Group revenue up 14.5% to JPY586,644m (US$5.6bn) year-on-year. Internet Services revenue up 16.1% Revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 16.1% to JPY359,156m (US$3.4bn) yoy. Segment profit increased by 94.3% to JPY108,867m (US$1bn) yoy. Ini...