Fast Retailing, the group which owns Uniqlo, is donating nearly a million pounds worth of clothing to Japan in aid of victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March this year.
The retail group will follow up previous donations by sending another 80,000 Uniqlo products, including warm winter clothes and underwear, worth 120 million Japanese yen (£970,000). A group of 50 Fast Retailing volunteers have also travelled to affected areas to distribute the relief clothing.
Previous donations and support from the Fast Retailing Group in aid of the disaster have included: 200 million yen (£1.6 million) to the Japanese Red Cross, 180 million yen (£1.45 million from the group’s employees worldwide, a £1 billion yen (£7.6 million) personal donation from the group’s CEO and some 700 million yen (£5.3 million) in Uniqlo clothing.
At a magnitude of 9.0, the Great East Japan earthquake, as it is commonly known, was the largest earthquake in Japan’s history.