Closing Time? Japan Convenience Stores Pressed To End 24-7 Model Amid Labour Crunch
Japan's 24-hour convenience stores are struggling to stay open around the clock as an industry that has continually expanded now finds itself at the sharp end of a labour shortage.
Franchise owners, some of whom were forced to work amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, have launched a campaign to persuade industry leader 7-Eleven to allow stores to close earlier.
Although the debate has focused on their plight, it has also raised doubts over the future of a $100 billion industry that faces an ageing population, slow economic growth and new competitors such as Amazon Prime.
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