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Convenience Stores

3, 01. 2006
Convenience store industry organization
Japan Franchise Association (JFA)

Founded 33 years ago, for maintenance of the good environment of franchise business. The gross sales of franchise business amount to 18,700 billion yen and show firm growth every year. It has exceeded that of the department stores. The total number of franchise outlets is about 226m, 000.
http://jfa.jfa-fc.or.jp/about_jfa_English.html

Members
Seven & I Holdings
Holding company created by Seven-Eleven Japan, Ito-Yokado and Denny’s Japan. Promoting the sharing of information between the operating companies, system integration, and promoting the development of production areas.
http://www.7andi.com/en/
Lawson
Second-ranked convenience store operator. Noted as only company with nationwide chain if stores in industry. Under Mitsubishi Corporation. Became independent of Daiei Inc.’s affiliation. Also operating Lawson chain in Shanghai through joint venture.
http://www.lawson.co.jp/company/e/
Family Mart
Third largest convenience chain store operator next to Seven-Eleven and Lawson. Formerly Seibu Saison group but sold over to Itochu group in 1998. Operates chain stores mainly in Tokyo metropolitan area. Also involved in store operation in Asia.
http://www.family.co.jp/english/
Circle K Sunkus
Fourth largest convenience store. Has association with Uny Co. Formed through merger among holding company C&S Co., Circle Japan and Sunkus Associated. Seeking synergies through organizational reform.
http://www.circleksunkus.jp/english/
Ministop
Aeon group’s convenience operator, seventh-ranked in industry. Features operation of large stores with fast food corners. Operates mainly in Kanto and Tokai areas. Developing area franchise chain through subsidiaries.
http://www.ministop.co.jp/ (Japanese)
Seicomart
Authentically Japanese convenience store group. First established in Hokkaido in 1971. Since then expanded store chain to over 1000 stores. At the same time, has grown into 10 affiliated companies including distribution and product development company.
http://www.seicomart.co.jp/english/
Three F
Eleventh-ranked convenience store operator and franchiser with main base in Tokyo metropolitan area. Forming group with Fuji Citio, independent medium-size superstore operator in Kanagawa Prefecture.
http://www.three-f.co.jp/ (Japanese)
The competent authorities
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
One of the central government offices in Japan. Newly created in January 2001 as the successor of the abolished Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Aims at strengthening private economy, smooth development of external economic relation and to secure the steady supply of mineral and energy resources.
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/
The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
Dealing with small and medium enterprise policies (management, finance, budget, commerce, region, consulting, information service.) Also dealing with small and medium enterprise law.
http://www.chusho.meti.go.jp/sme_english/
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Undertakes administration related to agricultural, forestry and fisheries products, covering from production to consumption and also to rural development and promotion of the welfare of rural inhabitants with a view to achieving stable supply of food, sound development of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries.
http://www.maff.go.jp/eindex.html
Fair Trade Commission
Established as an administrative organ of the state to achieve the purpose of the Antimonopoly Act. Has the character of being an administrative organization under the council system, consisting of a Chairman and four Commissioners.
http://www.jftc.go.jp/e-page/

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