Retail in Asia

Lawson to open store at crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

Lawson Inc. will open a convenience store at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex where decommissioning work is underway following the 2011 tsunami-triggered disaster there, sources said on Tuesday.

From 1 March, the store will be open from early morning to the evening, selling groceries typically found in regular convenience stores, but not alcoholic beverages and food items such as fried food, which needs to be cooked in store, they said.

The decision comes after the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., asked major convenience store operators to open a store on the plant’s premises as part of measures to improve working conditions for people involved in decommissioning and other work there.