Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing Co today (1 October) opened the first global flagship store of its Uniqlo casual clothing chain in Japan.

The store, in Osaka's Shinsaibashi shopping district, is the fifth global flagship and joins those in New York, London, Paris and Shanghai.

It covers a massive 2,640 square metres over four floors, and is intended to appeal as much to international shoppers as the domestic market. “Our first global flagship store in Japan will help us to share Uniqlo's message with everyone from Osaka to the world,” the company said.