Japan’s omnipresent convenience stores are preparing to stop selling pornographic magazines before waves of tourists visit the nation for the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.
Industry leader 7-Eleven said Tuesday it would phase out sales of “adult” magazines by this summer, just ahead of the world rugby showcase starting in September, after its rival Lawson announced a similar plan on Monday.
The decisions came as Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores serve more women and families with young children, as well as waves of tourists visiting the country in record numbers.
At Japan’s 24-hour convenience stores, customers can buy everything from warm meals to concert tickets, pay utility bills, and send and receive parcels.
But tourists are often surprised to see adult magazines openly available on low shelves. 
The decision by the two major chains, coming after similar moves by smaller rivals, “is aimed at avoiding giving a bad impression” to foreigners during the World Cup and summer Olympic Games, which Japan will host this and next year respectively, Kyodo News said.
Seven & i Holdings, which runs 20,700 7-Eleven stores across Japan, including franchise outlets, said the…

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