OLC is giving up its interest and operations of the Disney Stores in Japan and they will now be operated by The Walt Disney Co.
This is a very sad development IMO. The Disney Stores Japan under OLC were a much higher quality store compared to their US conterparts.
We have all seen the dumbing down and diluting of the merchandise offered at the US Disney Stores. The quality of the US Disney Stores merchandise is for the most part as many people put it, Wallmart/Target quality.
The Disney Stores Japan always had new, unique, fresh and relavant merchandise to offer. If they now go to the US Disney Stores model, we will surely see a decline in quality.
I hope that Disney decides it is in their best interest to leave the operations alone and allow the Disney Stores Japan to continue how they have been run. However, since OLC is selling them, I'm pretty sure they weren't as profitable as desired, and maybe "going cheap" the way the US stores did is perceived to be the right move to increase profits.