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24-hour convenience stores unnecessary, 70% of Japanese say

Most consumers willing to accept earlier closings amid labor shortage

Most Japanese consumers surveyed say they would continue to shop at a convenience store even if the outlet cut its nighttime hours.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A full 72.6% of Japanese consumers say they would back changes to the 24-hour convenience store model so that those businesses can remain afloat amid the country's crippling labor shortage, an internet survey commissioned by Nikkei shows.

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