I agree. It was because the franchisee wanted to switch to beef bowls restaurants. It had nothing to do with the economy. It also means that the Wendy's will have potential growth in Japan if you think about it.
I think this is a dumb thread. Japan is just about to enter a roaring bull market. Bear Markets NEVER last more than 20 years. For example, 1929 - 1949.....
Or Japan 1990 - 2010.
Japan is 10 years ahead of us, just like in the 1930s and 1970s. This means they will be the first out of the recession, and will dominate once again in the world economy, while the rest of the nations are STILL flat on their backs.