Japan's FTC to Investigate Convenience Store Industry

Economy Politics

Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fair Trade Commission is considering launching an investigation into the convenience store industry, informed sources said Thursday.

The FTC will carry out a questionnaire survey with franchise store owners as early as summer at a time when many of them are calling for a review of 24-hour operations amid labor shortages.

In the survey, the FTC will examine whether convenience store operators are unilaterally refusing demands from store owners, including requests for changing contract terms, the sources said.

The FTC conducts a field survey on a specific industry every year. The convenience store industry is set to be targeted for the first time in eight years.

"Public concerns over around-the-clock operations are increasing," FTC Secretary-General Akinori Yamada said at a press conference on Wednesday. "We are concerned whether franchise owners are suffer unfair disadvantages," he added.

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