Leading UK multiple retailer Tesco is planning to expand its reach into China and Japan by hooking up with local partners. "The firm has already conducted market research in Japan and is now searching for a business partner," the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper said citing company sources. The report claims that in China, Tesco will focus on three major cities including the capital of Beijing, and is already in talks with several local retailers with whom it may partner.