Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Convenience Store Magazines

Japanese convenience stores sell many things, including magazines.  The magazine area is usually at the back of the store, near the restrooms.  You can almost always see men looking at the magazines in the store. It seems no one buys magazines and takes them home to read them. Even if I could read Japanese, I wouldn't buy a convenience store magazine that has been touched by countless other people.

(photo from the internet)

(photo from the internet)

Some of these magazines are "adult" magazines.  The three largest convenience store chains, Seven-Eleven, Lawsons, and Family Mart, have decided to stop selling adult themed magazines by the end of August. The Ministop chain has already stopped selling the adult magazines.The reason? They want to improve their image with foreigners ahead of the Rugby World Cup this fall and the Tokyo Olympics next year. 

So, does this mean the stores didn't care about their image with Japanese citizens, but are concerned about foreign visitors?  What about where you live - are adult magazines sold at convenience stores? Are the store chains concerned about foreign tourists?


Mia said...

Hi Pamela. Adult magazines are sold even in street kiosks in Greece! At least, they are in a hidden place. Hugs, my friend.

kiwikid said...

Interesting!! Most of our magazines are sold in the newsagents or supermarkets, the adult ones are high on the shelf and often sealed in plastic so you have to buy them and can't browse. We don't have a convenience store in this little town here. I understand image is very important to Japanese people so they must want to create the best impression for the tourists. But then lots of tourists already go to Japan don't they?? Maybe they consider rugby fans different to regular tourists. I have not been in a 7 eleven for years so don't know what they sell here. I imagine the adult magazines would be treated the same way as the newsagents and supermarkets do here.

Pink Rose said...

Hi Pamela yes you can buy adult magazines from petrol stations and corner milk bars and also at newsagents ,dont think i have ever seen an adult magazine at a supermarket though and i think they are all sealed in a bag,so people would have to buy the book to look in it.
Interesting post Pamela,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

jacaranda said...

All kinds of magazines are sold at our newsagents and supermarkets. Adult magazines are sold in sealed plastic and are at the back of the stands. I use to buy quilting magazines but feel they are a waste of money now. Only buy weekend newspapers.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Interesting. Most of the convenience stores I go to are really gas stations and don't sell magazines at all. Not even what I call the gossip rags. I suppose if you want an adult magazine in my area you would probably have to go to a book store like Barnes and Noble. I hadn't given ANY thought to where all the adult magazines are, lol.
xx, Carol

Mae Travels said...

The internet has so completely taken over my magazine reading that it’s been years since I even glanced at a magazine rack in any shop. If I wanted “adult” content I guess I would google it, but that’s pretty hard to imagine myself doing! I do remember one funny episode where there was a dog in the magazine area of a convenience store in the distant, non-electronic past.

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rosey175 said...

Oh this is interesting, the conbini magazines are a common trope in manga. I would think chain stores in America don't care about anything other than money. I have no clue if they're sold in supermarkets here though surely they are somewhere? It's all about the online stuff now, I guess.

Leonore Winterer said...

Here, we have magazines in supermarkets, near the registers (but not the adult ones...mostly it's the goossipy ones, hoping to interest some people stuck in line, or the ones for kids, for the same reasons). Having them in the back seems to just invite that sort of 'browsing but not buying' behaviour, doesn't it?