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Japan's discount eyewear chains envision wider future in Asia

Owndays, Zoff follow same low-cost business model employed by Uniqlo

Owndays' new store format in Thailand offers glasses for as low as 1,000 baht, or $30.

TOKYO -- Japanese discount eyewear makers are expanding into the larger Asian market, as Owndays rolls out new stores in Thailand while Zoff looks to open its first location in Hong Kong with Convenience Retail Asia, an affiliate of Li & Fung.

Eyeglasses remain a luxury for many Asian consumers -- a fact that the Japanese purveyors see as an opportunity to flex their cost-cutting supply chains.

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