In Japan, Aquino to meet Uniqlo CEO

Paterno Esmaquel II
'I hope the President can entice the CEO of Uniqlo to do more manufacturing in the Philippines,' the Philippine envoy to Japan says

TOP BRAND. Shoppers walk into a Uniqlo shop, known for its low-priced clothes, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 20, 2009. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is set to meet in Japan the chief executive officer of top clothing brand Uniqlo, the Philippine ambassador to Japan said. 

“I hope the President can entice the CEO of Uniqlo to do more manufacturing in the Philippines,” Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez said in a video interview published on Monday, June 1. 

Lopez said the Philippines will welcome “actual manufacturing” by Uniqlo aside from opening more stores. 

He explained that Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai is “one of the most important” people Aquino will meet in Japan. Uniqlo, after all, is “popular now in the Philippines and in all of Asia.” 

Aquino arrived in Japan on Tuesday, June 2, for a 4-day state visit to one of the Philippines’ biggest economic partners. 

Jollibee in Uniqlo 

Aquino’s meeting with Yanai comes as Uniqlo boosts its presence in the Philippines. 

On May 27, Uniqlo and Jollibee, the most popular Filipino fast-food chain, signed an agreement for Uniqlo to carry limited edition Jollibee shirts. 

Uniqlo entered the Philippines in 2012 through SM, which operates the Philippines’ widest network of malls.  

Tadai had paid a courtesy call on Aquino in 2012, before Uniqlo opened its first branch in the Southeast Asian country, according to GMA News. 

In his interview uploaded on Monday, Lopez added that Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda is one of the VIPs to meet Aquino. 

Kuroda used to head the Asian Development Bank based in Manila. – Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.