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People who are worried about the economic slowdown visit our stores instead of dining out.

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Lawson convenience store operator spokesman Hiroyuki Yaginuma. Convenience store chains are doing very well amid the current recession. (Japan Times)

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I often do this. A delicious sandwich pack from our local Lawson is as good as a viking buffet at a restaurant in town any day.

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So, let's see, that's convenience stores along with cell phone shops and "sarakin" loan shark operations that are doing well in the current economy, judging by the number of them popping up. Any others?

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Mmm...artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

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Of course they are, many here drink away their sorrows on a daily basis. The number of passed out oyagi has incresed 2 fold in my home train station since September and increases in numbers on daily basis. I use they "drunken oyaji meter" to measure how things are. All of them have their Lawson bag in their lap.

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500 ml of tea at a grocery store: 100 yen. At a convenience store: 150 yen.

A loaf of bread at a grocery store: 140 yen. Three cans of tuna at a grocery store: 220 yen. Enough for about four sandwiches. One tuna sandwich at a convenience store: 250 yen.

Evidently people who are worried about the economic slow down don't mind being gouged on prices (50% on the tea)

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I often do this. A delicious sandwich pack from our local Lawson is as good as a viking buffet at a restaurant in town any day

A loaf of proper bread from a proper bakery, plus a tomato and a pack of supermarket ham will cost you less and taste twice as good. Conbini is cheaper than resraurant, but not as cheap as home-cooked food, and not nearly as good. And if you have time to go to a Lawson, you have time to make yourself a proper sandwich.

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