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Uniqlo backpedals on Russia, suspends business in the country amid international boycott threats

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  • In a U-turn on Thursday, Uniqlo said it will suspend operations in Russia due to “operational challenges and the worsening of the conflict situation.”
  • Owner Tadashi Yanai previously said the brand will stay in Russia because “clothing is a necessity of life” and Russians “have the same right to live as we do.”
  • The initial decision resulted in a backlash and calls for boycott, with the Ukrainian ambassador to Japan shaming the company on Twitter.
  • While some lauded the brand’s decision to suspend Russian sales, others expressed doubts behind its motivations.

Uniqlo has reversed its decision to keep its Russian stores open on Thursday, saying all sales in the country — including online — will close in 10 days.

The Japanese clothing brand, a subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co., has received mounting criticism this week after its owner cited human rights to defend the initial move.

Ukraine’s envoy to Japan slams Uniqlo for continuing operations in Russia: ‘What a shame’

  • Fast fashion retailer Uniqlo has remained in business in Russia despite pressure to close its 49 stores in the country.
  • Tadashi Yanai, founder and president of Fast Retailing Co., the parent company of Uniqlo, said clothing is a necessity of life and Russians have the same right to live as others.
  • Sergiy Korsunsky, Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan, accused Uniqlo of valuing the Russians’ need for clothes over Ukrainians’ needs to live.
  • Uniqlo competitors H&M and Zara both pulled out of Russia last week.
  • Korunsky said exiting Russia is not a loss but an investment, since Moscow will eventually be forced to become “a normal member of nations.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky has vocally opposed Uniqlo’s decision to continue its operations in Russia, accusing the brand of valuing Russians’ need for clothes over Ukrainians’ needs to live.

Earlier this week, Fast Retailing Co., Uniqlo’s parent company, defended its decision to keep Russian stores open as other global companies moved to suspend their businesses. Among those that joined the exodus were Uniqlo fast fashion competitors Zara and H&M.

Billionaire Uniqlo Founder Wants a Woman to Take His Job

Japanese fashion retail giant Uniqlo will likely have a female leader in the future, setting an example of a corporate shift from traditional gender roles that have typically left women under the glass ceiling.

Tadashi Yanai, founder and chief executive officer of Fast Retailing Co., which wholly owns Uniqlo, has expressed his preference for a female successor on Tuesday saying that the job is simply more suitable for a woman.

Chinese Shoppers Go Absolutely Insane Over Uniqlo x Kaws Collection

Videos of chaotic crowds resembling a scene straight out of an apocalyptic movie emerged from China as shoppers went completely bonkers over a new collection from Japanese fashion company Uniqlo and American artist Kaws.

The summer collaboration, which dropped in mainland stores Monday morning, had people diving under security barriers, pulling clothes off mannequins and getting physical over certain items.

Tired of Wearing Uniqlo? Here are 9 Asian-Owned Clothing Brands to Check Out in 2019

Let’s face it: flexing your Uniqlo fits is getting harder and harder now that every Asian seems to be wearing the brand. But don’t worry; your friends at NextShark have you covered.

The following nine brands address a wide amount of price ranges with different styles, from streetwear to classics. These brands are also all Asian-owned. We’d like to give a special shout out to @asiangirlsunited on Instagram for inspiring our list; you can check out a link to theirs below.

HR Manager Sues Uniqlo, Claims Company Gives Favorable Treatment to Asian Employees

A payroll and HR manager at Uniqlo in the Melbourne, Australia branch is now suing the Japanese retail brand for alleged bullying and discrimination because of her “Caucasian heritage,” claiming that the company gives favorable treatment to its Asian employees.

Melanie Bell, in a statement on Friday, said that she was bullied on four occasions and that she was held back from a pay raise as well as promotions by Uniqlo executives, according to Daily Mail.