Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Monday reopened 12 of 24 Seiyu stores in Japan that had been closed since the earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.
Eleven are in Sendai City and one in a suburb of Sendai. The company says 12 Seiyu stores in the most heavily damaged areas of Sendai and Fukushima remain closed.
Four of 43 Wakana deli outlets, also owned by Wal-Mart, are still closed, all in Sendai and Fukushima.
A spokeswoman says the discounter aims to open the remaining stores as soon as possible but couldn't give a date.
Wal-Mart operates 414 stores in Japan: 371 Seiyu stores and 43 Wakana delis.