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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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Fast Retailing publishes list of Uniqlo core fabric mills 10 Dec 2018

Japan's Fast Retailing has published a list of the core fabric mills used by its Uniqlo casual clothing brand in a bid to boost transparency and sustainability efforts across its supply chain.

Teijin Frontier develops natural-like fabric for athleisure 3 Dec 2018

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Japanese conglomerate Teijin Group, has added a "natural-like" fabric to its DeltaPeak range of high-function fabrics that is said to be ideal for sportswear, fashionwear, and uniforms.

Teijin revamps Solotex as crimped yarn for sportswear 15 Nov 2018

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Teijin Group, has developed a highly modified cross-section crimped yarn it says is suitable for use in sports apparel.

Fast Retailing commits to UN Global Compact 14 Nov 2018

 Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact.

Asics cuts outlook amid Q3 profit slump 7 Nov 2018

Japanese sporting goods giant Asics Corp has lowered its full-year outlook as it reported a 47.5% drop in profit and lower sales for the third quarter.

Fast Retailing to slash water use in jeans washing 1 Nov 2018

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing has said that by 2020, all the jeans made and sold by the group will be produced using a washing process that cuts water use by 99%.

Fast Retailing FY boosted by strong Uniqlo performance 12 Oct 2018

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing saw both earnings and sales rise in its last fiscal year, boosted by a strong result from the company’s Uniqlo operations.

Fast Retailing US$885m warehouse automation will cut 90% staff 10 Oct 2018

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co. has teamed up with Daifuku — a material handling systems provider — to automate its warehouse and distribution system, which it has reportedly invested JPY100bn (US$885m) in.

US and Japan to launch talks on bilateral trade 27 Sep 2018

The US and Japan have agreed to launch negotiations on a potential bilateral trade agreement on goods and services, in addition to talks on other trade and investment items.

Teijin, Snow Peak launch co-developed range 20 Sep 2018

Japanese outdoor apparel firm Snow Peak and the Teijin Group have launched a co-developed material fabric for outdoor apparel.