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FOCUS: Topshop suffers a setback in Japan 31 Mar 2015

Topshop's bid to be a global player has suffered a setback in Japan, where the retailer shuttered its five stores earlier this year. Here Magdalena Kondej, head of apparel and footwear research at Euromonitor International, looks at the possible reasons why, and asks what happens next?


Japan's Uniqlo in multi-pronged attack on US market 24 Mar 2014

Premium Supima cotton, musician Pharrell Williams and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are spearheading the drive by Japan's Fast Retailing Co to expand its Uniqlo chain in the US market.


The Flanarant: China's competitiveness buoyed by Asia challenges 13 Nov 2013

Despite a decision eight years ago by Japanese brands and retailers to cut the amount of clothing sourced from China, garment imports from the country are on the rise. Mike Flanagan believes the reasons should resonate with buyers in the US and EU too.


Uniqlo means business with ambitious global plans 21 Sep 2011

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, thinks big, talks big and has big ambitions - and analysts believe the company does indeed have what it takes to become the biggest clothing retailer in the world within the next decade.


ANALYSIS: Why the yen jump? 18 Mar 2011

After the devastation wrought by what is now officially known as the 'Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake', Japan's currency rose in value. It was the last thing the under-pressure economy needed, and seems a little counter-intuitive given the hit the Japanese economy will be taking. Share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange duly tumbled. So what's going on with the currency, asks Dave Leggett.

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Teijin develops new silk wool-like polyester 13 Sep 2018

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Teijin Group, has developed a new polyester material that it says achieves the look, texture, aesthetic appeal and comfort of hybrid silk wool.


Teijin develops new linen-like polyester 11 Sep 2018

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Teijin Group, has developed what it says is a new linen-like polyester fibre, designed for use in outwear, trousers and blouses.


Teijin develops new water-repellent stretch fabric 30 Aug 2018

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Teijin Group, has developed what it says is a new highly water-repellent fabric incorporating enhanced stretch.


Asics' targets recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative 21 Aug 2018

A series of ambitious new sustainability targets, outlined by Japanese sportswear firm Asics Corporation, have been officially approved by the Science Based Targets initiative(SBTi).


Asics unveils new action plan as Q2 profit slumps 70% 7 Aug 2018

Japanese sporting goods giant Asics Corp has outlined a new action plan to try to help it meet the goals of its five-year strategic programme after posting a 70.7% drop in second-quarter earnings.


YKK answers demand for larger symmetrical zippers 3 Aug 2018

Among the latest developments from Japanese fastener business YKK is a new zipper that has been created for luxury apparel and answers the demand for larger symmetrical zippers for jackets.


Japan's Kurabo invests in new fashion software 23 Jul 2018

Japanese textile trading firm Kurabo International has invested in patternmaking software from apparel software and systems supplier Lectra to help the company gain more control over product quality.


EU and Japan trade pact moves closer to ratification 18 Jul 2018

The European Union (EU) and Japan have signed a "landmark" trade deal, covering a third of the global economy, moving closer to ratification of the pact that will eliminate tariffs on textiles.


Fast Retailing earnings up on strong Uniqlo sales 13 Jul 2018

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing saw both earnings and sales rise in the first nine months of the year, boosted by a strong result from the company’s Uniqlo operations at home and abroad.


Asics sets new targets to cut carbon emissions 11 Jun 2018

Sportswear firm Asics Corporation has outlined a series of ambitious new sustainability targets and hailed its success in 2017 with highlights including what it calls a "major advance" in supply chain transparency.