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on Monday planned to reopen half of its stores in Japan that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country on March 11.

Wal-Mart will re-open 12 of its Seiyu stores in Sendai that were closed after the quake and hopes to open the other 12 that were impacted as soon as possible, a company spokesman told



Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, has 371 stores and 43 deli outlets in Japan, according to



Many retailers across the country have been rushing to replenish shelves after a run on goods and bottled water took place soon after the quake. Last week, Tokyo stores began rationing food after hazardous radiation levels emanating from a damaged nuclear plant were detected in Japanese tap water, milk and vegetables, reports said.

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