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58,000 shops later, Japan's convenience stores turn fresh page

Consumers push 7-Eleven and peers to shorten hours and reduce food waste

Seven-Eleven, the largest convenience store operator in Japan, has recently come under fire for its insistence on 24/7 operations. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japan's ubiquitous convenience stores are facing a key turning point amid growing labor and environmental concerns, first with the pushback against 24-hour operations and now with efforts to reduce food waste.

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