Japan's Uniqlo, Which Once Boasted Cotton from Uyghur Slave Region, Stands with Russia

Japan's Uniqlo, Which Once Boasted Cotton from Uyghur Slave Region, Stands with Russia

Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo, embroiled in controversy last year for refusing to stop buying cotton from China’s slave fields in Xinjiang province, on Monday refused to close its stores in Russia as other fashion houses have done.

“Clothing is a necessity of life. The people of Russia have the same right to live as we do,” said Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing, which operates 49 stores in Russia.

Yanai said he personally opposes the Russian invasion.

“There should never be war. Every country should oppose it. This time all of Europe clearly opposes the war and has shown its support for Ukraine. Any attempt to divide the world will, on the contrary, strengthen unity,” he stated.

John Hayward