Myanmar Plants Run by Partner of Japan’s Fast Retailing Set Ablaze

By Kyodo News 16 March 2021

Two factories in Yangon run by Japanese retailer Fast Retailing Co.’s local partner were set ablaze on the weekend, the operator of the fast-fashion Uniqlo and GU brands said Tuesday.

The extent of the damage caused at the plants Sunday amid protests against a Feb. 1 military coup remains unknown, the company said, adding it is confirming the situation in regard to the fires.

On Sunday, Chinese-linked factories in Yangon were attacked, leaving many people injured, according to the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar.

The Yangon factories of Fast Retailing’s partner are located in townships where martial law has been declared, the company said, adding no injuries related to the fires have been reported as the plants were closed on Sunday.

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