Here in Japan, the era of buying adult magazines in convenience stores seems to be coming to an end.
7-Eleven, one of the largest convenience stores chains in the country, began pulling adult-oriented magazines from its racks January 21. By August, the new policy is set to affect all of the chain’s 20,000 locations.
The impetus for the change seems to be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will see a huge influx of foreigners to the country—foreigners whose opinion of Japan, reason the folks at 7-Eleven, might take a dive if they spot some hentai mags when shopping for some delicious conbini food.
The decision is expected to impact the country’s other convenience store chains.
A few Japanese netizens commented that in this day and age of the internet, such magazines aren’t exactly necessary, but another lamented, “I’ll miss the pleasure of sneaking a peak at the covers while waiting for the bathroom to open up.”
So it goes.