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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 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.

Teijin targets formal wear with new premium black fabric 20 Nov 2017

Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a new polyester combined-filament yarn and yarn-processing technology to create a lightweight premium black fabric that retains its colour and is expected to meet demand for easy-care formal wear.

Teijin targets outerwear with new thermal insulation 17 Nov 2017

Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a new polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) fibre for use in outerwear, which it says raises the wearer’s wind-chill factor by 5 degrees celsius.

Asics to improve sustainability of products and supply chain 13 Nov 2017

In a bid to accelerate the use of sustainable materials and chemicals in its products, Japanese sporting goods giant Asics has announced a strategic partnership with textile chemicals management system Bluesign Technologies.

Uniqlo founder Yanai to hand over presidency in two years 31 Oct 2017

Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai is to step down from his role as president of Fast Retailing upon turning 70 in around two years time, but will continue as chairman in order to handle corporate governance and advise on how to proceed in the future.

Fast Retailing FY net profit soars by 148.2% 13 Oct 2017

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted record levels of revenue, operating profit and net profit in fiscal 2017, booking a 148.2% hike in net profit for the year.

Asahi Kasei to lift Lamous microfibre suede production 6 Oct 2017

Japanese fibres business Asahi Kasei is to expand the production capacity of its Lamous microfibre suede in the country by around 3m square metres a year in order to meet global demand.

Asahi Kasei debuts new Roica deodorising yarn 27 Sep 2017

Japanese fibres business Asahi Kasei has extended its Roica stretch yarn range with the addition of a new wellbeing line with what it describes as "feel-good comfort" and freshness.

Asics runs at full speed following PLM roll-out 8 Sep 2017

Japanese sporting goods giant Asics Corporation has successfully implemented a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, and is reporting enhanced speed, communication and efficiency following the roll-out.

Japanese clothing imports fall 0.6% in first-half 17 Aug 2017

Clothing and accessories imports into Japan – the world's third-largest fashion apparel importer after the EU and the US – fell 0.6% in value during the first half of 2017, according to the Japanese Ministry of Finance.