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Convenience store numbers in Japan 2009-2018

In 2018, there were over 56 thousand convenience stores operating in Japan. Convenience stores, often shortened to konbini among Japanese, make up an integral part of the country’s retail sector. While Japan’s total retail sales amounted to almost 145 trillion Japanese yen in 2018, domestic convenience stores generated revenues worth approximately 12 trillion yen during the same year.

Who is ruling Japan’s convenience store segment?

Seven-Eleven holds the lion’s share within the domestic konbini market, operating almost 36 percent of the convenience stores located in Japan as of 2019. Notably, the country’s convenience store retail segment is dominated by three major chains. Besides Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson each own between a 20 and 30 percent share, altogether dividing almost 90 percent of the domestic market between them.

Why are konbinis so popular in Japan?

Japan is known for its well-oiled service industry and its fondness of around-the-clock convenience. Since the busy lifestyle of many of the country’s citizens demands efficiency in both their professional and private lives, the perpetual availability and hassle-free shopping experience of convenience stores are matching modern-day consumer demands.
In addition to selling a wide selection of food products and everyday goods, konbinis also offer a variety of services, such as payment and ATM services, courier and postal services, or ticket sales, including theme park and airline tickets. Furthermore, online orders can be payed via designated konbini payment solutions, bypassing credit card or online payments, both of which many Japanese are still wary of.

Number of convenience stores (konbini) in Japan from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019

Region

Japan

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Values have been rounded.

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