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In 1974, 7-Eleven marked its entry into the Japanese market by opening its inaugural store. Presently, Japan boasts an extensive network of over 57,000 convenience stores, with 7-Eleven leading the market with a staggering 21,000 stores. In contrast to the original U.S. model, which focused on iconic items like Slurpees and burritos, Japan's "conbini" (convenience stores) have evolved into comprehensive service centers. These establishments cater to various daily needs, ranging from bill payments and taxes, grocery purchases to snack indulgences, sending packages, and even concert ticket purchases—positioning them as indispensable one-stop shops for the daily necessities of the Japanese populace. The 24/7 accessibility of conbini stores, including 7-Eleven and its competitors, has been pivotal in providing timely solutions for consumers.

However, Japan faces a pressing challenge—declining birth rates and an aging population leading to a significant labor shortage. According to the Cabinet Office, Japan's working-age population peaked at 87.16 million in 1995 and is projected to decline to 52.75 million by 2050, a 30% reduction from current levels.

In response, 7-Eleven has strategically tackled this demographic shift by implementing innovative programs that embrace multicultural coexistence. The company has successfully integrated non-local talent into its workforce, offering growth opportunities within the organization. Today, non-Japanese franchise owners are being born, although they are still few in number—a testament to the success of the diverse programs offered.

Join us to explore the dynamic landscape of 7-Eleven's diversity in ownership and discover how the company leverages talent strategically for sustained growth. Uncover the business-centric initiatives that not only address demographic challenges but also contribute to a resilient and inclusive business environment.

Event and Registration Details

  • This event will be conducted in-person and online, and registration is required.
  • In-person participation is for members and guests only. Please pay your fee by credit card or at the door.
  • Online participation is open to the public and free.

To attend online, please sign up from the registration form for online participation​​.


In-person: Founding Member

This ticket is for in-person attendance for Asia Society Japan Founding Members only.

Member Price Complimentary
In-person: Guest

This ticket is for in-person attendance for members’ guests or Asia21 Fellows.
- Standard Price: Pay online (Visa and Mastercard only)
- Door Price: Pay at the door on the day

Standard Price ¥5,500
Door Price ¥6,000


International House of Japan (B1)


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