How will Japanese convenience stores evolve in the future?
In the first half, it is high time we talked one of the fundamental topics for us; Why do Japanese have trouble learning English?
The objectives of today is as follows,
1. Why do you study English? How have you explored English so far?
2. What is the most critical point when you try to improve your English skill?
2. Can you explain why Japanese have a lot of trouble learning English?
3. If you should be a Minister of Education, what kind of measures do you adopt to improve English ability for Japanese people?
Topic2: Convinience stores
Let us talk about “Konbini” or convenience stores!
In the second half, we would like to discuss our daily indispensable institution; “Konbini” or convenience stores. It is almost four decades since the first Seven-Eleven has opened in Tokyo, which is considered one of the most successful business model in Japan. It is ubiquitous, to be sure, but it has given a significant influence on our society. Let us get started!
1. In the good and old days, mom-and-pop shops were ubiquitous, and a lot of Japanese people regret that these mom-and-pop stores were closed down. Do you think that supermarkets and convenience stores are responsible for this phenomenon?
2. Imagine pro and cons of the flourishing convenience store.
3. Seven-Eleven Japan has once bought its parents company in the U.S. and some people say that Seven-Eleven Japan is one of the most successful retailers in the World. Do you know why?
4. How will Japanese convenience stores evolve in the future? Please discuss.
43 years on, convenience stores still grinding out profits as demand for services evolves