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Don Quijote interested in buying Walmart's Seiyu

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@drlucifer: Japan the third largest economy on the planet is not lucrative for foreign retailers due to myriads of protection and restrictions.

I also think the labor system makes it very difficult for retailers because there is an expectation by the consumer that there will be 3 persons doing a job that 1 person could do. The over-staffing is incredible. That money is all off the top.

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The only foreign retailer that seems to be doing well in Japan is costco but then most of

the foodstuffs are made in Japan rather than imported, despite the importing power the price

of imported US and Aussie beef is even more expensive than in some Japanese supermarkets

Japan the third largest economy on the planet is not lucrative for foreign retailers due to myriads

of protection and restrictions, even smaller markets like Malaysia are more appealing to the big

retailers careffour the second largest supermarket chain in the world opened a number of stores

but had to pack and leave to concentrate China and Malaysia.

I am sure walmart has discovered it is not worth the trouble investing in Japan with the numerous

restrictions. At the end of the day it is the Japanese consumer that suffers.

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My former brother-in-law insisted that Don Ki was one of those companies. He should know, considering his long career in importing construction materials from Italy to Japan.

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Not a criticism, just an observation: Where I live Don Quijote is like a super magnet for yankees, yellow hair type people and those that love HiAace vans for a family of 3.

I mean, it is a discount chain store. You get the same type of people there that you would at a Walmart in the USA.

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Seiyu has American spaciousness and silence, Don Q's have the usual Japanese noise and narrowness that raises my blood pressure a few notches.

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Not a criticism, just an observation: Where I live Don Quijote is like a super magnet for yankees

I go to Don Quixote to buy very reasonably priced whisky and I sometimes pick up toothpaste, shampoo, soap, washing powder, crisps and chocolate and other items on sale. I picked up fabreeze for ¥200 the other day. The supermarket section has plenty of middle-aged men like me, middle-aged women, senior citizens, high school students etc.

The clothes section has some pretty tacky stuff but you can buy plain stuff as well.

Old Parr whisky, Jameson whisky and Cadbury’s fruit and nut don’t strike me as Yanki goods.

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Not a criticism, just an observation: Where I live Don Quijote is like a super magnet for yankees, yellow hair type people and those that love HiAace vans for a family of 3.

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Love Don Quijote! Whole section of Western sized condoms.

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