How a Small Dairy Store from Ohio Became One of the Biggest Names in the Japanese Convenience Store Industry

Adrian Ma
September 5, 2018

“Japan and the United States have a long history of not only economic competition, but also cultural exchange. In the US, for instance, sushi and anime are popular. And the Japanese long ago adopted baseball and jazz. If that’s old news to you, here’s one America-to-Japan export that might surprise you: US convenience stores.

This story is about one of those stores: an iconic Ohio chain that went extinct there decades ago, only to become one of the most ubiquitous convenience store brands in Japan.”

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Photo Credit: Special Collections, Cleveland State University Library & Adrian Ma/Marketplace

Adrian Ma is a 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.