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Thursday, 28th April 2011
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McDonalds to close several Japanese outlets

Unadventurous eaters visiting Japan may have to branch out and try local food, as fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that it will be closing about a dozen restaurants in the earthquake hit regions of north east Japan.

Immediately after the March 11th earthquake, 264 McDonalds outlets were closed down, with 33 still closed today (April 28th), and the company has confirmed that many of them will not re-open, the Associated Press reported.

The affected branches are located in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures.

Last month's natural disasters resulted in a 10.4 per cent year-on-year drop in sales for McDonalds over the past quarter, the company said.

To balance this out, coffee prices are likely to rise, although other beverages will be made cheaper.

This news comes in the same week that a report from the Japan Food Service Association showed that there was a 10.3 per cent decline in restaurant sales throughout the country last month.

Written by Susan Ballion

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