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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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YKK develops its smallest symmetrical zipper 13 Feb 2018

Among the latest developments from Japanese fastener business YKK is a new zipper that has been created for luxury apparel and features the smallest symmetrical zipper in the entire YKK product range.

Asics Ventures invests in conductive textiles 7 Feb 2018

Asics Ventures, an investment subsidiary of  Japanese sporting goods giant  Asics, has made its first investment, taking a stake in AI Silk Corporation, a venture company affiliated with Tohoku University that develops conductive textiles.

TPP 11 prepare to sign new trade pact 25 Jan 2018

One year after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the remaining 11 countries have agreed to move ahead with a revised version of the agreement.

Wearable sensors with fashionable stitch designs 19 Jan 2018

New soft, flexible, piezoelectric wearable sensors that measure body motions and can also be produced in fashionable fabric types and embroidery patterns, have been developed.

Fast Retailing reaffirms FY as Q1 exceeds expectations 12 Jan 2018

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has reiterated its full-year guidance as first-quarter revenue and profit gains exceeded its expectations and Uniqlo International revenue overtook that of the brand's Japanese operations for the first time.

Japanese firms look to blockchain to improve trade 22 Dec 2017

A group of Japanese businesses involved in global trade, including textile and logistics firms, is exploring the application of blockchain technology as a way to streamline and upgrade cross-border trade operations.

EU and Japan finalise Economic Partnership Agreement 14 Dec 2017

The European Union has finalised negotiations for a free trade agreement with Japan in a move that should benefit a number of sectors including leather, clothing and footwear.

Teijin eyes sportswear with breathable knit fabric 30 Nov 2017

Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a polyester high-gauge knitting fabric laminated with a breathable film which it says can produce lightweight functional textiles for use in sportswear.

Toray probes operations after falsified data found 29 Nov 2017

Japanese fibre and textile specialist Toray Industries is carrying out a group-wide investigation into its operations after discovering that one of its units has been falsifying quality-related data for many years.

Teijin revises CSR guidelines, targets forced labour 20 Nov 2017

Polymer and textile specialist Teijin Limited has revised its corporate social responsibility (CSR) procurement guidelines in a move that specifies "more detailed efforts" regarding human rights and labour in supply chains.