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Garment wars: Japan backs Ethiopia's effort to build up exports

Itochu to boost productivity in African alternative to Asian workshops

Labor costs at textile plants in Ethiopia are lower than in Southeast Asia.

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu will provide support for Africa's textile industry, starting in Ethiopia, which has emerged as an alternative production base to Asia, Nikkei has learned.

Apparel production has been shifting from China to other Asian countries, such as Myanmar. But rising wages in Asia have increased the appeal of Africa, which offers substantial savings on personnel.

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