It seems that whenever I find something I really like at a convenience store, they stop selling it. Why do products come and go so fast in Japan?

“Basically all conbini has security video camera right?… in Japan, these camera is for making private company database of which food is picked by customer. … If gaijin is eating some foods, they will discontinue because it must be too unhealthy or making everyone fat.”

Ask Kazuhide, Japanzine, September 2007

Alternatively, it could just because the people working in 7 Eleven head office are just working too damn hard all the time, and they are more likely to get in trouble for sitting on their arses while their competitors overtake them than they are to continually release new products that disappear just as quickly as the last lot. It also fits in with the Japan “love of novelty and hatred of revolution”.


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