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November 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Japanese convenience stores

Thank you

Dear Blaine Harden: I am an international student from Japan, so I was very happy and interested to read your story, “Japan elevates convenience stores to an art” [Nov. 9, Business].

I love Japanese convenience stores so much, so I thank you for your research. Since I came to the U.S., I have missed them. Japanese convenience stores are fun to go to because there are so many things to do, as you mentioned in your story.

When I read “the most convenient convenience stores on Earth,” I agreed. From your story, I have also gained a lot of new knowledge about them.

One thing I was really impressed with was the strategy with which they have standardized the size of the stores. This makes sense and seems effective.

I also realized that they have developed much more quickly than I thought. Thank you for writing about Japan.

— Masayuki Konishi, Bellevue

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