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Fast Retailing founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai in Tokyo earlier this month. His ambition is to "expand to all parts of the world." (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Uniqlo's cavernous warehouse in Tokyo's Ariake district, a vast space populated by conveyor belts pushing around boxes and towering shelves stacked with containers, is all but devoid of human life.

Almost everything is automated in the three-story building used by the popular Japanese fashion brand to distribute its products, apart from the solitary workers standing in front of each conveyor belt packing items into the boxes that will be shipped to its online customers.

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