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Japan Fashion Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 Posted: 10:10 PM JST

Japan will start a Fashion Week to better compete with well-established fashion cities like New York, Paris and Milan. The first Japan Fashion Week, billed as "a Paris collection with a Tokyo style" is to be held this October in Tokyo.

Tomorrow, distributors from department stores and the apparel industry, material makers, fashion industry representatives and officials from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will hold a meeting to discuss plans.

Since the 1980s Japanese has brought forth many highly successful designers whose work sells internationally, but the majority of them move overseas.

The new show must encourage the world fashion industry to come to Japan, instead of Japan fanning out of the world.

Fashion has been designated as an intellectual asset-based industry. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry wants to develop strategies that will develop it to a point where struggling textile manufacturers will be able to thrive once again.

Keywords: national_news trends_lifestyle

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