Japanese convenience stores tackle food waste issue


Major convenience store operators are the latest firms to introduce measures to curb food waste as companies step up efforts to address the issue in the country, where 6 million tons of edible products are discarded annually.

However, restaurants and households, which are responsible for some 66 percent of discarded food, are moving more slowly to slash the amount of leftover items. Eateries are concerned they will lose customers if they serve smaller portions, while Japanese consumers tend to prioritize product freshness.

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. and Lawson Inc. said Friday they will start discounting rice balls and bento lunchboxes as they near the end of their shelf life. Under the plan, they will offer customers enrolled in the chains’ point programs shopping credits worth 5 percent of the purchase price of such items.

“Food loss is a big problem domestically and globally as well, so convenience stores also need to confront this issue,” Lawson President Sadanobu Takemasu said Friday. “We will continue to make efforts to sell out our food products.”

”Takemasu said that around 10 percent of the chain’s rice balls and lunchboxes are discarded as waste.















Major: 主要な
convenience store: コンビニ
operators:  経営者
latest firms: 最新の
introduce measures: 施策導入
curb: 減る
food waste: 期限切れ食品など

step up: 上がる

address the issue: 取り組み
edible products: 食用製品
discarded: 不要なものと捨てる
households: 世帯
responsible for: 担当している
slash: 削除する
leftover items: 残飯
Eateries: 軽飲食店
portions: 食料の取り前
prioritize: 優先させる
rice balls: おにぎり
shelf life: 食品の貯蔵寿命
domestically: 国内で
globally: 世界的に
confront this issue: .向かい合わせる
chain: チェーンストア
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