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Supply Chain

Japan apparel makers bring production home as overseas costs rise

Shipment bottlenecks add to pressure of higher wages in China and Vietnam

A worker sews up a jacket at World's factory in Okayama, Japan. (Photo by Yuko Sugigaki) 

TOKYO -- Some of Japan's top apparel makers will shift more production capacity onshore because of pressures from a weaker yen, rising overseas labor costs and shipment troubles caused by the pandemic.

World Co., whose products sell at department stores and shopping centers, will locate most of its high-end clothing production in Japan within three to five years, up from the current level of roughly 40%, Nikkei has learned.

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