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Monday, December 17, 2018

Seven Eleven Bans Porn from Its Stores in Japan

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Seven Eleven, a giant retail corporation running convenience stores all over the world, is banning porn from its more than 20,000 stores in Japan.
Convenience stores are a staple in the daily life of the nearly 127 million Japanese. Nearly 60,000 of these serve their clients all over Japan. In Tokyo alone, the giant retail chain 7-11 has over 2,500 stores. The company is active in 18 countries and runs an estimated 64,000 stores worldwide.
The so-called »konbini« offer pretty much everything from food and beverages to textiles, newspapers and even tickets to sports events and concerts. Up until now they also offer a wide variety of porn magazines. But that will come to an end.
After Ministop, another chain of »konbini« delisted porn magazines from its offering last month, 7-11 will follow the lead. The simple reason for the ban is that the companies lose customers because of the easy access to porn. Akihiro Fujimito, President of Ministop, said: »There are customers who feel reluctant to enter stores with children because of the presence of adult magazines.«

Traditionally the chains earned a lot of money with porn magazines and for the magazines, their presence in the stores is economically crucial. Experts estimate that the adult publishing industry is generating up to 40% of its complete sales through the »konbini«. If all franchise holders follow through and really ban them, this might be a catastrophic event for the adult magazine business in Japan.

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