TOKYO -- Convenience store giant Lawson, Inc. opened a health care corner on Aug. 1 at one of its shops in the capital where customers can consult with health experts as the franchise chain looks to meet the growing demands of an aging society.
The Lawson Sendagi Shinobazudori store in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward has sold over-the-counter drugs that can be bought without prescriptions, and operated a pharmacy in cooperation with Qol Co.
The 24-hour store has installed a consultation desk that is open during the day mainly on weekdays after joining hands with Medical Corporation Tatsuoka. Customers can consult with specialists such as care managers and dietitians about nursing care and dietary life, and measure their height and weight for free. In addition, the shop offers individual diet menu planning and on-site counseling services for a fee.
President of Lawson, Inc. Sadanobu Takemasu said to reporters at the store on the day, "I would like to meet the growing demands of nursing and health care as people are living into their 100s."
As there are currently not many chances to have consultations with registered dietitians outside hospitals or welfare facilities, registered dietitian Miyoko Yoshida said, "I would like to give advice to customers at convenience stores they can drop in easily so they can stay healthy."
(Japanese original by Shiho Fujibuchi, Business News Department)