A public elementary school in Tokyo's posh Ginza district has decided to adopt new uniforms designed by the Italian luxury brand Armani, triggering protests from parents who say they are too expensive, the local education board has said.

The issue regarding Taimei Elementary School's uniforms, priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each including a hat and bag, was also taken up by an opposition party lawmaker at a Diet session on Thursday.

The school principal told the board of its intention to change the design of the uniform last summer. The board instructed the school to decide the matter after sufficient talks with the Parent Teacher Association and local residents.