NPR - "Masatoshi Ito, who brought 7-Eleven convenience stores to Japan, has died"
BBC - "Masatoshi Ito, billionaire who made 7-Eleven a global giant, dies at 98"
"He died last Friday from old age, operator Seven & i Holdings said in a statement.
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to him for his kindness during his lifetime," the firm said.
There are more than 83,000 7-Eleven stores around the world, with a quarter of them located in Japan."