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Muji to double Chinese store openings to 50 per year

Japanese retailer increases dependence on China despite Xinjiang cotton risk

Shoppers walk out of a Muji outlet in Shanghai. The Japanese retailer just reaffirmed to Chinese customers that it is not a member of the Better Cotton Initiative and will not boycott cotton from Xinjiang.     © AP

TOKYO -- The Japanese operator of the Muji chain will double the pace of store openings in China, as the lifestyle retailer risks a backlash from human rights advocates in a bid to revive its struggling overseas business.

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