McDonalds goes unbranded in Japan
McDonalds recently launched a campaign to bring the quarter pounder burger to Japan, which includes the converting of two of their locations in Tokyo into exclusive Quarter Pounder shops, but in an interesting move they are positioned under a completely new identity and as such are missing the McDonalds brand.
Instead of golden arches these restaurants have a sleek, minimalist black interior with Le Corbusier sofas, red and black packaging, and a style quite unlike any other of the company's previous refits. The menu consists of single and double Quarter Pounders only, a new name for the Japanese consumer and one that McDonalds are very cleverly promoting. The temporary brand silence is carefully undeceptive, encouraging consumers to find out more- a competition running alongside the launch asks applicants to name the fast food chain who launched the Quarter Pounder in Japan and win a sightseeing trip to America.