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Retail giant Aeon looks to cater to Japan's graying population

At least 100 stores to offer products, services targeting older shoppers

Exercise classes are held at one of Aeon's pilot senior-oriented stores in Osaka Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Aeon plans to set up 100 or more stores by 2025 aimed at Japan's growing ranks of seniors, offering events and healthy products to meet their particular needs.

This undertaking will be handled by core subsidiary Aeon Retail, which has been testing the idea at four stores. The company will expand this to 12 locations in the fiscal year ending February 2018 and add a dozen or so a year from fiscal 2018 on, including both new stores and remodeling of existing locations that are at least two decades old.

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