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Poverty Alleviation and the role of convenience store chains(2016_2_40_012)


Convenience stores have been evolved into “Japanese style Convenience stores” since they were first imported from United States in 1974. Japanese style convenience stores are now forging a distinguished business model in East Asian countries such as Taiwan, Korea and China. In addition, Japanese style convenience stores are starting to penetrate into Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Also, they may expand soon to Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. This new business style may have huge impacts on the service standard, logistic modernization and accessibility of ordinary people to public services such as paying the water, electricity, telephone and other bills. We will study the current situation of convenience stores in Southeast Asia and the possible impacts on poverty alleviation in those countries.


April 2016 - March 2018

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Sato Hiroshi
[ Co-researcher ] Sato Yukihito
[ Co-researcher ] Sekine Hisao (Professor, Tsukuba University)
[ Co-researcher ] Ohno Atsushi (Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
[ Co-researcher ] Yoshida Hidemi (Associate Professor, Hosei University)
[ Co-researcher ] Hamamoto Atsushi (Associate Professor, Nagoya City University)
[ Co-researcher ] Kubota Rieko (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
[ Co-researcher ] Shimoda Yukimi (JICA Research Institute)

  • Ajiken Sensho (in Japanese)