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Dressing Japan's schoolkids gets dearer as wool prices spike

Rising demand in China and a school uniform boom at home send prices higher

Members of idol group Nogizaka46 pose for a photo in their uniform-like costumes in Tokyo.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Prices of school uniforms are on the rise in Japan, due to sharply climbing wool prices and changing fashion trends in neighboring China.

When Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo's fashionable Ginza district adopted new uniforms designed by the Italian luxury brand Armani, and the move sparked a nationwide uproar. The new uniforms for boys and girls carry price tags of over 80,000 yen ($754) each, including suggested accessories such as a matching bag.

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