The Japanese have Toshifumi Suzuki to thank for snack food at all hours. Suzuki, 67, is chairman and CEO of Seven-Eleven Japan and the father of the Japanese convenience store. A country boy from Nagano, Suzuki worked in publishing before joining retailer Ito-Yokado Co., where he led the fight to win a Seven-Eleven franchise in Japan from its U.S. parent. Suzuki helped open the first store in 1974, led the drive to computerize operations, and pushed his way to the top of the chain and of Ito-Yokado itself.
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