Italian shoe producer, Filanto SpA, has set up a sales office in Tokyo as it looks to boost its earnings from Japan.

The Casarano-based firm, which makes the popular Filanto and Bkt brands, said it hopes to generate sales of 3-5 million euros in the next two years by cashing in on the "Made in Italy" label.

It added the new branch was prompted by the recent recovery in the Japanese economy and said Jong Matsumoto will be in charge of its operations in Japan.