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Have It Your Way....in Japan

American food franchises are taking over Japan. More American restaurants, fast food stops, convenience stores exist in Japan than any other country outside of North America.

Consider the data:

  • 1974: 499 American food franchises
  • 1986: 5390 American food franchises
  • 1989: 8975 American food franchises
Your Task: Based on this data, how many American food franchises would you expect to be Japan in the year 2011? Justify.

Source: J. Naisbitt & P. Aburdene's Megatrends 2000, 1990