Why are there so many konbinies in Japan? You can buy snacks and drinks as well as hot meals; you can pay your bills and print pictures, buy magazines and event tickets, the list goes on and on. People who leave Japan often say konbinies are one thing they miss. Japan Visitor reports that on average people in Japan visit convenience stores 2-3 times a week, with 7% of the population visiting daily.
RocketNews24 recently posted that there are only three (of 47) prefectures that don’t have 7-11 stores. One of them is Okinawa. I told Ted about this and we both remembered shopping at Family Marts and Lawson’s while in Okinawa, but not 7-11’s. There are about 17,500 7-11 stores in all of Japan, but not one in Okinawa.