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Department Store

3, 22. 2006
Department Store Industry Organizations
Japan Department Store Association (JDSA)

Activities include releasing amount of sales of department stores nation-wide as well as Tokyo district. Also announcing how to use exchange tickets available at department stores all over Japan. There are 98 member companies with 273 stores.
http://www.depart.or.jp/profile.Jdsa/kyokai_ENG.pdf

Members
Mitsukoshi
Old-established department store operator, cradle of Mitsui group. Second-ranked in industry. Newly founded through merger between old Mitsukoshi Ltd. and its 4 con subsidiary Mitsukoshi department stores in Nagoya, Chiba, Kagoshima and Fukuoka in September 2003.
http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/index.asp
Daimaru
Prestigious department store operator based in Osaka. Engaged in operation of 10 department stores including in Kansai area and Hakata (Kyushu) and in Tokyo. Also operates regional stores and supermarket chain in subsidiary form.
http://www.daimaru.co.jp/english/
Isetan
Urban department store operator reputed for men’s and women’s fashion apparel. Its Shinjuku (Tokyo) main store ranks as one of top earners in industry. Operates department stores in Matsudo, Urawa and other cities in Tokyo area.
http://www.isetan.co.jp/
Hankyu Department Stores
Leading department store operator affiliated with Hankyu Corp. group. Flagship store located in Hankyu Terminal in Umeda, Osaka, and has strength in food sales. Also operating 3 stores in Tokyo, with emphasis on Yurakucho outlet.
http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/gaiyo/gaiyoe.html
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/index.html
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/index.html
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
One of the central government offices in Japan. Created in January 2001 through the integration between Ministry of Health and Welfare and Ministry of Labor. Deals with medical administration, labor policy, social insurance, social security, pension and so on.
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/index.html
Other related organizations
Japan Retailers Association
Aims at promoting the modernization and efficiency of retailing by deepening mutual understanding through the exchange of knowledge and experience with regard to the issue the countries of Asia and Oceania have in common. Number of members:409 companies and organization (As of April 2004).
http://www.japan-retail.or.jp/english

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