Japanese man fights back against 7-Eleven after losing franchise apparently for taking a day off

Mr Mitoshi Matsumoto at his 7-Eleven franchise in Japan on Jan 4, 2020.
Mr Mitoshi Matsumoto at his 7-Eleven franchise in Japan on Jan 4, 2020.PHOTO: NYTIMES

HIGASHI-OSAKA (NYTIMES) - The rice balls are gone. So are the juice bottles, which Mr Mitoshi Matsumoto priced to sell early. Most of his store's shelves stand empty, but he has kept some cigarette cartons and bottles of alcohol in the hope that his long-running battle with the 7-Eleven convenience store chain will end in his favour.

The company that controls the 7-Eleven chain, Seven & I Holdings Co, terminated Mr Matsumoto's franchise last week after he decided to close his store on New Year's Day, and it has stopped supplying him.

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