Japan Seven-Eleven Holdings earns “most evil corporation of the year award”

Seven Eleven stores in JapanAnother SevenEleven convenience store is being built down the street on the other side of an underpass on the right hand side of the street. The new convenience store will be surrounded by houses on all sides and just across the street from a large park.  Seeing this convenience store being constructed reminded me of an article I read on the “evilest corporations in Japan“. There is a large sign close to the street advertising this now under construction convenience store being sold as a franchise looking for a taker. In the area where I live there are ten Seven-Eleven convenience stores. Over the years, I have made it a point to not patronize Seven-Eleven convenience stores preferring to buy what I need from small non-corporate stores when possible. This avoids the industrial scale manufactured foods cranked out of this “evil corporation“. Corporate life in Japan is self-punishment for many employees who work in large corporations in Japan and Seven-Eleven Holdings is no different despite all the Seven-Eleven convenience stores being operated by independent operators.

Reading the previously mentioned article on corporations in Japan SevenEleven Holdings has earned the “most evil corporation” award in Japan for its business practices. Corporate life in Japan is harsh enough on Japanese people and Seven-Eleven ranks right up there for its business practices. The harshness of the corporate life in Japan includes: “Power harassment, sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, extended work hours, discrimination, casualization, short-term employment contract, etc…Japan’s workers have been ground down by companies that repeat these practices and sometimes even drive workers to their death.”  Seems Seven-Eleven was given the “most evil corporation award” for its exploitative practices towards franchise operators. The following outlines how these Seven-Eleven franchise operators are being exploited:

“Under the situation that SevenEleven Japan is at a dominant bargaining position over its franchisees… it has a scheme where the amount equivalent to the costs of the disposed goods at the franchisee stores is entirely borne by the franchisees. Under this scheme, Seven-Eleven Japan forces some franchisees, which practice or intend to practice discount sales of daily goods among recommended goods (hereinafter referred to as the “Discount Sales”), to stop such Discount Sales and thereby has them lose opportunities to reduce the loss of the amount equivalent to the cost of such disposed daily goods according to their own rational business judgment.”

What that means is throughout Japan thousands of pounds of convenience store food that isn’t sold throughout its one day shelf life is tossed in the garbage and the franchise owners can’t discount the food to move this food out of their stores. Considering over the years I have seen many older men working at these Seven-elven stores, can’t help think about what corporation in Japan dumped them before retirement as dead weight who then ended up working at Seven-Eleven convenience stores ringing food up on cash registers. For young people in Japan who patronize Seven-Eleven convenience stores, many work close to these convenience stores who patronize Seven-Eleven by buying their lunches from Seven-Eleven stores. I suspect we are going to be seeing more older Japanese men working at Seven-Eleven convenience stores especially as the number of lifetime employment jobs in Japan have gone from roughly 85% in 1984 to 60% at present with lucrative yearly employment bonuses. The conclusion here is it will be convenient not to patronize Seven-Eleven Holdings to make it inconvenient for future Seven-Eleven Holdings sales.


9 thoughts on “Japan Seven-Eleven Holdings earns “most evil corporation of the year award”

  1. Beats working at a 7 Eleven in the US where you are likely to be beaten or shot and unlikely to have health insurance to pay for your treatment.

  2. I am an Amercan living in Japan. 7 Eleven is a US brand although I think it is owned by a Japanse company called Southland Corp. Or at least it was at one time. Convenience stores are a global phenomenon and your unfocused and largely pointless blog got me thinking of the average plight of a 7 Eleven worker in the US vs J. Although you say it is an evil company, at least the workers are relatively safe and cared for compared to their US coworkers. That is what I say. What does your blog say? Not quite sure…..

    • Negative on the “evil corporation” there big guy. That was the conclusion of a group of lawyers, activists and journalists who put that out in case today’s edition of the NYT distracted you. Japanese too, good for them.

      “Global phenomenon?” Didn’t see any in Qatar? None in Bahrain? Must be out in the desert.

      That’s what WordPress has for their logo: “Just another WordPress site.” How did you like my post on whales? Pretty good hey?

    • I generally have a lot of empathy for the franchise “owners” but they are run like corporate slaves by corporate masters. The owners have very little discretion as “business owners.”

  3. Whatever BD. The thing about convenience stores in Japan is that pretty much everybody uses them and everybody likes them. I am with you that we should support the Mom and Pops but the convenience stores are a great example of market competition and even-handed government regulation and support producing a great result. If franchise owners don’t like how 7 Eleven treats them, they can change to Lawson or one of the other options. Right? If employees don’t like the low pay, they can up-skill themselves at Hellowork or go back to school. In the meantime they are safe in their four mat rooms and have their health insurance and pension covered.

    People who buy into franchises are unimaginative, lazy complainers in my observation. Start your own business with your own products, services and models (like you BD!) or jump into the corporate rat race and back stab and ass kiss your way to the corner office and big bucks (like me!). Franchises are for pussies – complaining is expected.

    • Yeah, you’re right, “whatever.” Why not go start a business – like me? Until you do your substandard comments have about as much value as the spent oil I drained out of a ¥3 million 900cc MTV Augusta motorcycle this morning. Changed the rear tire too on the pneumatic press I bought. That fucker cost me a pretty Yen, what did you buy? A copy of the NYT and a coffee?

  4. NYT on the iPad and black tea served to me in my office, but you got the general idea. You are a better man than I, BD. And I applaud you noble grease monkey ways.

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