Major convenience stores in Japan announced on Tuesday that the
y will stop selling pornographic magazines in an effort to create a “comfortable enviro上海夜生活
nment” before the country plays host to international sports events, such as the 2020 Olympics.
上海夜生活品茶微信7-Eleven Japan Co, Lawson Inc and FamilyMart Co, the top three convenience store chain operators, have all dec
ided to end the sale of adult publications and manga comics by the end of August, citing concerns over har
ming the country’s image before the 2019 Rugby World Cup and next year’s Tokyo Olympics.上海夜生活
The companies said they hope the decision will create a more w
上海夜生活品茶微信elcoming environment for women and children and will avoid giving off a bad impression o
f the country as Japan prepares for a flood of foreign visitors during the sports events.
“In the past, 7-Eleven was mostly used by male customers to buy beverages and fast foo上海夜生活
d, and our product assortment was designed accordingly,” the chain told Reuters.
上海夜生活”However, as the role and usage of 7-Eleven stores has changed in recent years, 7-Eleven beca
me an important shopping destination for families, children and elder people as well.上海夜生活品茶微信
“We also considered the increasing number of foreign custom
ers during the upcoming Rugby World Cup and the Olympics,” the chain said.
The move will not have a major economic impact on the chain, as adult magazines account for less than上海夜生活
1 percent of total sales at the roughly 20,000 7-Eleven stores across Japan, a spokesperson said.
According to Lawson, the company had already stopped selling such magazines at outlets in Okinaw上海夜生活品茶微信、
a in November 2017 and has now decided to expand the ban to about 14,000 of its stores nationwide.
FamilyMart reported that 2,000 of its 16,000 franchises had already stopped selling adult magazines.