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Muji builds minimalist houses to fit its minimalist wares

Japanese retailer aims to capture home buyers who are fans of its simple vibe

A Sun House on display in Chiba Prefecture: The single-story home can be configured to fit each customer's needs. (Photo by Kyomi Katsuno)

TOKYO -- Muji, known for its bare-bones style in household items and clothing, is delving deeper into homebuilding as Japanese consumers cut back on spending.

The company released the You no Ie -- Sun House -- in September, its first new model in five years. It features a single-story design in response to popular demand, with an adjustable layout designed to accommodate Muji products.

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