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Unbranded and unsold: Muji weighed down by inventory

Write-downs or discounts loom as pandemic shutters stores

A Muji store in Bangkok: Widespread store closures have left Muji operator Ryohin Keikaku with even more unsold inventory. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ryohin Keikaku now sits on a mountain of unsold stock as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down retail stores around the world, worsening a longstanding problem for the operator of the Muji home-goods chain.

Famous for their simple, no-frills designs and no-brand philosophy, Muji products have gained popularity throughout the world over the past couple of decades. But the virus outbreak has exacerbated long-standing problems the retailer has had with inventory control.

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