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Uniqlo seeks its next crack team of craftspeople in China

Casualwear purveyor needs successors to its Japanese 'takumi' masters

Fast Retailing is nurturing talent at partner plants like this one in Changzhou, in China's Jiangsu Province.

TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, the parent of Uniqlo, is looking to China to find successors to the master craftspeople who helped build its casualwear empire.

Around 2000, the Japanese company was redefining its business model, from a retailer that procured clothing from outside suppliers to what is known as a specialty store retailer of private-label apparel. The idea was to produce its own low-priced, high-quality clothes.

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