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Changes coming to nation’s huge convenience store industry

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Back in the 1980s, screenwriter Taichi Yamada rented an apartment to work out of, so he wouldn't be bothered by incoming phone calls--something he could not avoid if he stayed in his own home.

The move worked out fine for Yamada, except for one problem: When he became ravenously hungry late at night and stepped out for a bite, every eatery in the neighborhood was already closed.

But one night, he saw lights spilling out of a store. And he remembered reading in a newspaper about 24-hour convenience stores.

He recalled that moment in his essay: "'Aha! This had to........

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