Work to Restore Distribution Networks in Rain-Hit Areas Progressing Slowly

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Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Major retail chain operators and logistic firms have been trying to mend distribution networks in western Japan that were severely damaged by the torrential rain through the weekend, but progress has been slow.

On Wednesday, 14 convenience stores of Seven-Eleven Japan Co. chiefly in Okayama Prefecture remained closed.

To undamaged outlets in the stricken areas, the company has been sending bread products from Nara Prefecture by helicopter and bottles of drinking water from Shikoku, one of the four major islands in Japan south of Okayama, by ship.

Lawson Inc. <2651> saw its 17 convenience stores remain closed mainly in Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures, while 15 FamilyMart Co. stores mostly in Hiroshima have been shuttered.

But disaster-hit outlets have gradually resumed operations, the two companies said.

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