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Myanmar Crisis

Uniqlo parent latest victim in Myanmar garment sector violence

Two Fast Retailing supply factories hit by arson as more brands consider exit

Fast Retailing had six supplier factories in Myanmar as of March 2020, with five located in Yangon, the country's commercial capital. (Photo by Keiichi Furukawa)

TOKYO -- Violence between security forces and protesters has threatened Myanmar's status as a hub for clothing manufacturing, with the Japanese parent of Uniqlo reporting two supplier factories have been set on fire in the latest unrest to rock the country's garment industry.

Fires broke out at two of Fast Retailing's five contract factories in Yangon on Sunday night, the company said Tuesday. A company spokesperson suggested that the factories were targeted by arsonists. The company was still assessing the damage and there has yet to be any reports of deaths or injuries.

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