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Isetan Mitsukoshi's new chief seeks to repeat Malaysia success

Toshiyuki Hosoya tapped to lead Japanese department store chain into digital age

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings CEO Toshihiko Sugie, left, bumps fists with his successor, Toshiyuki Hosoya. Hosoya is the best in the company at reviving struggling operations, Sugie said.

TOKYO -- With the coronavirus chill hanging over Japanese brick-and-mortar retail, department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings has named one of its star executives who rebuilt operations in Malaysia and Japan to lead the company into the digital age.

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