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KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson; take it private with Mitsubishi

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I have been a customer of AU for years now, going to be interesting to see what this does for Lawson.

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Wow another useless business idea that benefits no one

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Yeah, I really don't see the point in this. It seems like just buying up a bunch of completely unrelated businesses to "grow" the business. Just a few years ago they bought Aeon English Schools.

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Lot of galaxy brain businessmen in the comments rn.

Diversifying your holdings and ventures allows you to weather different economic and technological changes. everyday consumer retail and services is a business that won't suffer when telecom does, and vice versa.

It's "useless" except it strengthens KDDI's overall market position, which is of course why they did it.

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It's "useless" except it strengthens KDDI's overall market position, which is of course why they did it.

Does it, though? Plenty of businesses have treaded the same path, and it didn't work out so well.

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KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson

If annexing countries is wrong, why is annexing companies just fine?

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I see the point in it: KDDI is becoming an information company. Most convenience store customers have "accounts" with their point cards, etc., so KDDI will be able to build a database matching names with purchase history. What they'll do with that database, I don't know, but I assume that they do.

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50% share worth 500 billion ( around 3 billion USD ), now you can all proudly tell your friends/wife that you are making purchase in multi-billion company almost everyday and you are their VIP customer

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Now we know what KDDI is doing with the really high fees it charges for AU's platform.

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KDDI will be able to build a database matching names with purchase history

and the SIM card of every AU user, so they'll know who is buying what, when and where. In short, Amazon's ultimate dream.

But who doesn't like 6 chicken nuggets for the price of 5 promotions?

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They want the data and advertising platform.

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Does it, though? Plenty of businesses have treaded the same path, and it didn't work out so well.

What telecom businesses here in Japan have treaded the same path and failed?

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Having been involved in organizations combined into bigger organizations, my experience has been that after the various units are merged then comes the territorial disputes among mid-level bureaucrats and executives whose numbers tend to increase afterward, so leadership ends up spending time trying to deal with the disputes instead of focusing on products and services. I would like to see service providers here simplify mobile phone systems, similar to what is used in the UAE which was buy a phone, get a SIM card and buy minutes for phone and/or data based on user preferences and needs; when you use up your minutes, you just top up the card. That way no sales people push complicated schemes that many of them cannot clearly explain. It would also be nice to see Lawson have ATM's that are as simple to use with foreign bank cards as those in the 7i stores.

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Expect higher prices soon! Who in their right goes to convenience stores? Unhealthy rip-off, but other than that they're great!

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Will this KDDI acquisition affect Lawson commitment, as a convenience store, 24/7 opening hours?

My money bone senses some stores/outlets will be given the nod to cut such a commitment.

KDDI could identify stores that fail to reach performance targets.

I suggest some will simply close, others could see opening hours cut.

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