In March, a franchisee in Kagoshima Prefecture filed a lawsuit against 7-Eleven with the Fair Trade Commission over allegations that company representatives overstocked his store without his knowledge, causing him to lose money. money on unsold items. Part of the company’s profits come from the sale of its branded products to franchisees. This case is still pending.
Efforts by franchisees to wrest greater control from 7-Eleven suffered a setback this month, when a judge ruled against a group of owners who had sought the right to collective bargaining against the company.
Mr. Matsumoto, by his own admission, was not a perfect representative of the owners’ cause.
Private investigators had collected evidence against him which was used in court, including grainy video footage which the company said showed him headbutting a customer and sending a flying kick into the side panel of a car. His lawyers argued that the footage was inconclusive.
Either way, the complaints against Mr. Matsumoto were irrelevant to the central issue of 7-Eleven’s relationship with its franchisees, said Shinro Okawa, a member of Mr. Matsumoto’s legal team. “Owners are gathered here because 24/7 operation is a problem. »
Mr. Matsumoto said he was looking forward to the upcoming fight.
But, he joked, “If I lose again, I give up and move to America. »