Burberry has given just-style further details of its venture with business partners in Japan - designed to bolster its non-apparel offering in the country through new store openings.

The UK luxury goods firm first announced its joint venture agreement with Japan's Sanyo Shokai and Mitsui to sell shoes, belts and accesories in a bit to "intensify non-apparel development" in November.

Burberry confirmed to just-style today (26 January) it will take up a 51% stake in the Japanese venture, while Sanyo will own 29% and Mitsui 20%. Both companies are longstanding licensing partners of Burberry.

A spokesperson also said that Burberry has recently appointed Masaki Iwase from Gucci as its new head of Japan.

Burberry will look to open more than 50 stores in Japan over the next five years, with most as concessions and store-in-store formats.

The company is planning to open five standalone stores in Japan during the period, selling its Burberry Prorsum brand.

Non-apparel accounted for 31% of Burberry's revenue in the first half, with sales up 20% year-on-year.

Handbags were about 40% of non-apparel sales, with new categories such as jewellery, luggage and men's accessories added.

Burberry views Japan as the largest luxury accessories market in the world.

Earlier in the month Burberry announced plans to cut up to 540 jobs in the UK and Spain as the company restructures its European manufacturing base in the face of the economic downturn.