Global Tesco tide recedes from Japan following mismatch in retail styles

The Tesco model it seems was mismatched to retail patterns in Japan: a culture of immediate gratification from street vending machines (possible only in a vandal-free environment), a dense pattern of local stores, with some strong regional based chains.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/31/tesco-japan-pull-out-philip-clarke