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Japanese Convenience Stores Scrap Porn Magazines Ahead Of 2020 Olympics

Two of Japan's largest convenience store chains have confirmed they will stop selling pornographic magazines in time for two major sporting events set to take place in the country.

7-Eleven and Lawson Inc have announced they will cease to sell the products ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

7-Eleven runs more than 20,000 stores in Japan and Lawson Inc has 14,000.

Both chains want to create a "proper shopping environment" for all their customers, especially as droves of tourists descend on the nation ahead of the major international sporting events.

Japan's most popular convenience stores usually operate 24-hours a day and sell everything from hot food to clothes. The pornographic magazines are offered along with a plethora of other titles ranging from news to lifestyle and celebrity gossip.

Porn magazines will be removed from the shelves of 7-Eleven stores In Japan. Image: Getty Images.

7-Eleven told Reuters they feared leaving porn magazines on the shelves would leave a negative impression for international visitors.

"In the past, 7-Eleven was mostly used by male customers to buy beverages and fast food, and our product assortment was designed accordingly," the chain told Reuters.

"However, as the role and usage of 7-Eleven stores have changed in recent years, 7-Eleven became an important shopping destination for families, children and elder people as well."

The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan in September 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic Games will get underway in July 2020.

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