Business / Corporate Apr 14, 2020

Apparel company Onward Holdings to close 700 outlets

Apparel maker Onward Holdings Co. plans to close around 700 outlets at home and abroad by the end of the current business year next February. The move, sparked by stagnant sales at its outlets in department stores and a decrease in customers due to the ...

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

Business Nov 21, 2019

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

While a South Korean consumer boycott of Japanese products continues in the wake of a prolonged dispute over wartime history and trade, economists say Japan has already seen the worst of its economic repercussions. Concerns had grown among businesses as moves to shun Japanese brands ...

Warm winter means damp profits for Fast Retailing

Business / Corporate Jan 7, 2016

Warm winter means damp profits for Fast Retailing

Fast Retailing Co. cut its full-year operating profit forecast as unseasonably warm weather worldwide hurt sales of winter clothes for the retailer's Uniqlo brand of casual wear, the Yamaguchi-based company said Thursday. Operating profit will probably be ¥180 billion in the year ending August 2016. ...

Smart underwear that measures health data developed

Business / Tech Jan 7, 2016

Smart underwear that measures health data developed

An upcoming trade fair in Tokyo will showcase wearable devices that include underwear that can measure the wearer's heart rate, calorie consumption and back straightness. The machine-washable garment, knitted with conductive metallic textiles, was developed by major underwear maker Gunze Ltd. in collaboration with NEC ...

Fukushima clothing chain expands in China

National Apr 4, 2014

Fukushima clothing chain expands in China

A Japanese maker of casual wear for young women is expanding operations in China with its "kawaii" (cute) clothing. "I love cute Japanese clothes and buy them here repeatedly because they are inexpensive," said Wang Tianyi, a 19-year-old college student who visited Honeys Co.'s store ...

Clothing retailers boost large-size women's lineup

National Apr 11, 2013

Clothing retailers boost large-size women's lineup

by Haruko Mera

Department stores and other retailers are expanding their lineup of large-size clothes to meet growing demand among big women wishing to don fashionable apparel. Nissen Co., a leading mail-order company based in the city of Kyoto, opened a store in the Parco Part3 building in ...