ABOUT US Our Business

Creating Happiness and Harmony in Our Communities

We reaffirmed our corporate philosophy, which is our starting point.
We will realize a state in which "whatever you want, whenever and wherever you need it" as the maximum contribution by a company that coexists with the local community.
Lawson believes that sustainable earnings growth and ongoing social contributions through our business are critically important.
Pursue our corporate philosophy "Creating Happiness and Harmony in Our Communities," build stronger relationships with customers, franchise owners, store crew (part-time and temporary workers), employees, and the community including the environment, and continuously improve the quality of our corporate governance.
We believe that these practices lead us to realize sustainable earnings growth and raise our corporate value.

The number of Stores in Japan

14,520 as of Dec. 2020 679 1,184 4,749 2,543 623 858 1,615 2,269

Oversea Business

Creating Happiness and Harmony in Our Communities

as of Dec. 2020

The number of Stores in Japan
JAPAN 14,520 Stores
BEIJING 215 Stores
DALIAN 244 Stores
SHANGHAI 1,761 Stores
CHONGQING 333 Stores
SHENYANG 74 Stores
WUHAN 442 Stores
HEFEI 107 Stores
CHANGSHA 60 Stores
HAINAN 20 Stores
THAILAND 142 Stores
HAWAII 2 Stores

We export our accumulated know-how in Japan to other countries.
Overseas markets are a part of our "Communities."

  • Setting up of the Overseas Group
  • Close dialogues with local companies
  • Hiring of non-Japanese new graduates

Lawson's future investment targets are overseas markets

Overseas markets are also important. We export our know-how in small catchment area formats and franchise business that have been accumulated in Japan to other countries. I am convinced that our knowledge acquired in the fastest-aging country, Japan, will be a competitive edge when entering into other countries which will also face the challenge of an aging population in the future. Up to now, we have been rather cautious in expanding stores overseas due to three reasons. Profitless expansion impairs corporate value, overseas development imposes various risks, and overseas expansion results in low return. Going forward, we will accelerate our opening of stores in Asia, but do so based on our judgment that the time for this has arrived. In fiscal 2010, we opened stores in Chongqing, the largest commercial area in southwestern China, following our entry in Shanghai. In fiscal 2011, we plan to raise our equity share in our operation in Shanghai and spearhead efforts to rebuild store management and franchise models. In terms of human resources, non-Japanese were 30% of new hires from two years ago. We are thus strengthening our workforce. As for organization, we set up the Overseas Group in March 2011.