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Japanese brands Muji and Uniqlo have become the latest to be embroiled in the escalating controversy over cotton sourced from China’s Xinjiang region.

Ryohin Keikaku Co., the operator of the Muji chain of minimalist furniture and lifestyle stores, saw its shares tumble after it issued a statement saying it was “deeply concerned” about reports of human rights abuses in the area, while several Chinese celebrities abruptly cut ties with Uniqlo, the clothing brand owned by Fast Retailing Co.

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