100-yen shop

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Daiso at Hanaten Osaka-City
100-Emon at Kohnoike Higashi Osaka-City

100-yen shops (100円ショップ, hyaku-en shoppu) are common Japanese shops in the vein of American dollar stores. Stocking a variety of items from clothing to stationery, housewares to food, each item is priced at precisely 100 yen, some examples are Daiso, Seria and Can Do.[1] A variation of the 100-yen shops are 99-yen shops.[2] Daiei also operates 88-yen stores. Some shops, such as Lawson 100, specialize in certain items, such as groceries or natural goods, but this is less common than the variety store model,[3] the current Japanese sales tax of 8% is also added, making a 100-yen purchase actually cost 108 yen.[4]

One supporter of 100-yen shops is Hirotake Yano, the founder of Daiso Industries Co. Ltd., which runs the "Daiso" chain. The first store opened in 1991, and there are now 2,800 stores throughout Japan,[5][6] this number is increasing by around 20–30 stores per month.[7] One of the largest 100-yen Shops is the Daiso in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, it spans four stories and over 10,500 square feet (980 m2).[8]

Similar shops have opened around other parts of Asia as well, some of them operated by Japanese companies such as Daiso; in Hong Kong, department stores have opened their own 10-dollar-shops (JPY140) to compete in the market, and thus there are now "8-dollar-shops" (JPY110) in Hong Kong, in order to compete with lower prices.[citation needed]

100-yen shops are able to keep prices down by purchasing goods internationally and in bulk. These goods come from countries with lower production costs.[4]

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  1. ^ http://www.tofugu.com/travel/seria-japans-best-100-yen-shop/
  2. ^ "In Japan, the 99 Yen Store Becomes a Retailing Force". Convenience Store News. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Stores in Japan". lawson.jp. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "100 Yen Shop",japan-guide.com, 15 February 2018
  5. ^ "History". Daiso Global. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Corporate Profile". Daiso Global. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Corporate Information". Daiso (Australia). Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Bargain hunting at Japan's 100-yen stores". LA Times. Retrieved 15 February 2018.