Seven & I Holdings Co. new employees take notes during a speech by Toshifumi Suzuki, chairman and chief executive officer of Seven & I, unseen, at an initiation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The two largest convenience store companies in Japan, Seven & I and Lawson Inc., are increasing wages to try to end the persistent deflation that has afflicted Japan. Photographer: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg via Getty Images