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Hirotake Yano, founder of 100-yen shop Daiso, dies at 80

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Daiso is like retail crack; I must have spent hundreds of thousands of yen there over the years. Yano was an absolute visionary...

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Interesting life story. Rarely go, but consumers like variety of products, always something new to try out!

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I remember when family from Japan visited me in the US back in the 80s, they were fascinated when they saw a 99 cent store. They were curious to see how every item in a store could be 99 cents so I took them in one and they thought it was cool.

But my aunt and uncle remarked how a store like that could never make it in Japan since the Japanese were very particular about high quality. As much as I loved my aunt and uncle, they couldn't be any more wrong.

RIP, Mr. Yano. Daiso rock!

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Kurisu

Daiso is like retail crack; I must have spent hundreds of thousands of yen there over the years. Yano was an absolute visionary...

I think it must be difficult to spend hundreds of thousands of yen in a ¥100 store. We were in Daiso yesterday, ¥1,500.

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Never shopped there. "Buy cheap, buy twice" is what they say in England.

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Buy cheap, buy twice

In Japan they say 安かろう悪かろう

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In Japan they say 安かろう悪かろう

Nice. I am deficient in such little phrases. That will come in handy but I bet I'll forget it soon enough. LOL

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All the 100 yen shops are always very busy. 4,360 stores in the country.

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4,360? That's not that many considering.

All the 100 yen shops are always very busy.

That's a bit of an overstatement, what?

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