Costco, the American wholesale retailer, has a growing number of stores and related businesses in Japan.
There are Costco stores in Sapporo in Hokkaido, Iruma, Kanazawa, Maebashi, Makuhari, Chiba New Town, Tsukuba, Kawasaki, Shinmisato, Tamasakai, Zama and Hitachinaka in Kanto, Chubu Airport near Tokoname in Chubu, Amagasaki, Kyoto Iwata, Kobe and Izumi in Kinki, Hiroshima in Chugoku, and Hisayama and Kitakyushu in Kyushu.
Shoppers must sign up for membership which is presently 3,500 yen a year for Business membership or 4,000 yen for Gold Star Membership.
Costco stocks food and drinks including beer, wines and spirits, pharmacy products, household electronics, health and beauty, fashion items and household goods. Most Costco stores also have their own gas stations.
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