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Japan's World and Mizuno to stop use of China's Xinjiang cotton

Companies face scrutiny over forced labor concerns in autonomous region

Big Japanese apparel and sporting goods makers will stop buying cotton from Xinjiang due to suspected human rights violations there. (Source photos by Maho Obata, Yoshiyuki Tamai and Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Major Japanese apparel companies, including World and Mizuno, have decided to stop using Xinjiang cotton in response to allegations of human rights abuses by the Chinese government in the major cotton producing region, Nikkei has learned.

Sports brand Mizuno and apparel companies World and Cox will not be buying Xinjiang cotton, the companies told Nikkei.

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