Wendy's returns to Japan with restaurant opening

First joint-venture unit launches long-term growth plans for 700 locations

Wendy’s opened its first joint-venture restaurant in Japan on Monday, in the Omotesando area of Tokyo.

Wendy’s Japan LLC, the joint venture formed between The Wendy’s Co. and master franchisee Higa Industries Co. Ltd., plans to open 100 restaurants in Japan within the next five years, and 700 over the long term. Wendy’s and Higa Industries announced the partnership in March.

The new restaurant marks a return to Japan for the Wendy’s brand

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