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Fast Retailing to name suppliers, allaying labor concerns

Japanese fast-fashion seller appealing to the socially conscious

A sewing plant in Bangladesh, one country where Fast Retailing makes clothing.

TOKYO -- Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing will release information on its contract clothing manufacturers in such places as China and Bangladesh, appealing to shoppers concerned about labor conditions in those countries.

A list of contractors is being drawn up, President Tadashi Yanai told The Nikkei, saying he would like to make it public soon. The specific content and the means of disclosure remain undecided, but the list could come out as early as 2017. Other Japanese apparel makers will likely follow the market leader's example.

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