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3, 15. 2006
Apparel industry organization
Japan Fashion Association (JFA)

Aims to help advance fashion through the promotion of international communications, a variety of surveys, symposia, research grants and the like for the greater dissemination of ideas and information regarding design and the basis of fashion.

General Apparel
Onward Kashiyama
Top-ranked in apparel industry, with men’s and women’s suits as the mainline. Well-known for its “Onward” brand. Handles overseas brand through the subsidiaries. Holds strong network of sales to department stores.
Leading general apparel company with women’s apparel in mainlines and men’s and children’s wear distributed to about 7,ooo specialty shops all over Japan. Direct-run stores gaining strong sales. Handles broad range of merchandise from high fashion to casual wear.
Women’s Apparel
Leading women’ fashion apparel company. Engages in planning manufacturing and marketing for men and women as well as accessories. Holds many and strong original brands, mainly marketed through department stores.
Tokyo Style
Major manufacturer of women’s ready-made apparel with strong sales network. Supplies chiefly to department stores in Kanto area. Noted for debt-free management and flexible management. Involved in overseas operations through affiliates in Italy, France and HK.
Medium-size manufacturer and seller dealing in ready-made ladies’ garments, mainly for department stores. A member of Renown group. Operating under brand-by-brand division led organization and sales channels to specialty shops.
Specialty Shop
Fast Retailing
Chain store operator specializing in in-house brand casual clothing such as shirts and slacks. Noted for its brand name “UNIQLO,” combined name of unique clothing warehouse. Aggressively expanding store opening into Tohoku and Tokyo.
United Arrows
Operator of “select shop” type stores for casual wears. Based on business diversification strategy with United Arrows stores as core, limits store numbers 24 per operation type to maintain high store royalty, while expanding each store.
The competent authorities
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
Responsible for creating the fundamental national system of Japan. These systems include the national administrative organizations, public service personnel system, information and communications postal services, and statistical systems.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
One of the central government offices in Japan. Newly created in January 2001 as the successor of the abolished Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Aims at strengthening private economy, smooth development of external economic relation and to secure the steady supply of mineral and energy resources.
Other related organizations
Japan Apparel Technology and Research Association (JATRA)
Neutral and practical research group related to industry, production, and technology, putting emphasis on the industrial side of apparel. Carries out activities in response to the new era of globalization and development of information technology.
Fashion Industry SCM Promotion Association (FISPA)
Aims to promote the efficient supply chain of the textile fashion industry, borne the role for promoting the industrial standard required for a supply chain and a new business model collectively.
Japanese life style web magazine. Provides total information service specializing in the fashion business and other countries. Established in March 2001 through a joint investment by eleven companies leading Japan’s fashion business and NTT group.

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