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Japan's apparel industry in hi-tech bid to secure future

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Models wearing creations by Japanese designer Motohiro Tanji at Tokyo Fashion Week on March 17. Mr Tanji relies on Japanese factories to produce his sculptural, sophisticated knits.

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FROM ready-to-wear knits manufactured instantly to customised dresses produced on inkjet printers, Japan's apparel industry is turning to state-of-the-art technology in a bold bid to cut labour costs and secure its future.

At manufacturing giant Shima Seiki's factory in

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