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Did Topshop shutter all its stores in Japan? WWD looked into a report from the Nikkei Asian Review that states that all five Topshop stores closed at the end of January. Two flagship stores have signs on their doors saying that the shops closed on January 31, WWD reports, and the phones went unanswered at Topshop's three other Japanese shops. Topshop Japan's social media accounts don't appear to have been updated this month.
According to WWD, Topshop signed over the Japanese rights to the brand in 2008 to T's, a new company jointly financed by Mori and JBF Partners, and the plan was to open 10 or more stores in Japan.
A spokesperson at Arcadia, Topshop's parent company, told Racked: "The Japanese market is an important part of Topshop's business and there are no plans to pull out of this key international territory. The stores in Japan are operated by one of Topshop's franchise partners. We are working hard, and exploring all avenues, to ensure that the brand maintains its presence in Japan."
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