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Lawson ready to serve Japan's fully wired households: CEO

Wuhan experience shows stay-at-home trend will last, convenience store chief says

Sales at Japanese Lawson locations in residential areas have picked up as people buy more ingredients for homemade meals. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- China's coronavirus shutdown has left a lasting mark on consumer shopping habits, and Japan is likely to see a similar trend, CEO Sadanobu Takemasu of Japan-based convenience store operator Lawson told Nikkei in a recent interview.

Takemasu says staying home has become "ingrained" in people in Wuhan, which has begun reopening after a long lockdown.

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