TOKYO -- The first Japanese version of a Wal-Mart supercenter -- operated by Seiyu, a major supermarket chain now under the umbrella of its largest shareholder, Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark. -- debuted earlier this month in the city of Numazu, southwest of Yokohama. The one-story, 87,000-square-foot supercenter, modeled after the ones operated by Wal-Mart in the U.S., has all merchandise -- from food and clothing to home products -- displayed on one floor. The Numazu store is a "pilot" ...

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