Japan convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid severe labour shortages

Japan’s 24-hour convenience stores are struggling to stay open around the clock as an industry that has continually expanded now finds itself at the sharp end of a labour shortage.

Franchise owners, some of whom were forced to work amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, have launched a campaign to persuade industry leader 7-Eleven to allow stores to close earlier….

The stores are an essential part of modern Japanese life, but the tightest labour market in more than 40 years is hurting franchise owners.