MANILA, Philippines – In its corporate website, Japan Home Center Philippines states, “Japan Home Centre (JHC) traces its humble beginning in early 2004 where it introduced the first one-price Japanese store in the Philippines, a format more popularly known as hyaku-en shoppu or the Y100 store in Japan. But unlike the regular Y100 store, JHC offered branded quality products of greater value for only P88.00.
It started as a section in one of the top hardware chain stores in the country at the beginning of 2004. Before the yearend, Japan Home Inc. was incorporated and opened its first fully and directly managed store at Market Market Mall, Bonifacio Global City where it received a very warm welcome from the public. As of today, it has over 100 stores over the Philippines.”
However, Japan Home Center and American Bazaar are sister companies and are Chinese-owned based in Hong Kong and all their products are manufactured in China and not in Japan or the US.
Bloomberg Profiles: Japan Home Centre (H.K.) Limited owns and operates houseware retail stores founded in Hong Kong. It offers products in the areas of kitchen wares, tabletop, interiors, bathroom, housekeeping, plastic ware, electronics, hardware, personal, stationery, lifestyle and hobbies, and gardening. The company also engages in licensing and franchising activities. In addition, it operates stationery outlets. Japan Home Centre (H.K.) Limited was founded in 1991 and is based in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. The company has stores in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.
While Miniso is a Chinese low-cost retailer and variety store chain that specializes in household and consumer goods. The company is founded in Guangzhou, China under the Chinese company Aiyaya.