Japan has more 7-Eleven locations than anywhere else in the world, where they often bear the title of its current holding company “Seven & I Holdings”. Of the 50,254 stores around the globe, 15,852 stores (30% of global stores) are located in Japan with 2,079 stores in Tokyo alone.
The feel and look of the store is somewhat different from that of 7elevens in the United States. In Japan, they offer a wider selection of products and services. Japanese 7-Elevens offer not only food, drinks, and magazines, but also video games and consoles, music CDs, DVDs, digital cardreaders as well as seasonal items like Christmas cakes, Valentine’s Day chocolates, and fireworks.
Slurpees and Big Gulp super size soft drinks were introduced in the early 1980s but discontinued some years later. Slurpees, however, returned to Japan at some 7-Eleven locations in 2011, although the Japanese Slurpee machines are meant to be operated differently from other Slurpee machines.
On September 1, 2005, Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd., a new holding company, became the parent company of 7-Eleven, Ito Yokado, and Denny’s Japan.