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Japan's clothing recyclers find eager markets in Southeast Asia

Don Don Up, Geo, Treasure Factory enjoying hot demand for secondhand items

Japan's Don Don Up sells used clothing from Japan at its Dondondown on Wednesday outlets in Cambodia.

TOKYO -- Japanese used-clothing retailers are keen to increase exports to Southeast Asia. The companies buy unneeded clothes from consumers and resell them at their stores -- which used to be mainly in Japan. Lately, however, they are finding that Southeast Asian countries are eager for their goods.

In addition to providing new opportunities, the efforts to encourage the reuse of what would otherwise be thrown away helps reduce environmental burden. Japanese discard about 1 million tons of clothes annually, which are mostly burned.

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