Where I am from convenience stores at night time are though of as a likely target for robberies, however in Japan it seems they are a refuge for people in need of immediate help. This is news because of the following
Convenience stores are promoting themselves as a vital community presence amid moves by some local government officials to curb their midnight operations to help combat global warming.
And how stores have helped people.
Convenience stores provide a refuge for lost children or women seeking to escape stalkers, in addition to being places where consumers can shop at any hour, according to the association.
More than 13,000 cases of women finding refuge in convenience stores across the country were reported during fiscal 2007. Nearly half of them occurred after 11 p.m. and about 40 percent were due to stalkers and molesters, the association said.
In addition, there were 6,000 cases of lost children requiring assistance and 12,000 cases of elderly people found wandering the streets alone.