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METI to Hold "Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo"-Conducting training programs for fashion designers from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam-

As one of its technical cooperation training programs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will invite fashion designers (trainees) selected from four Southeast Asian countries and provide them with opportunities to learn about the business of Japan’s apparel and fashion industries not only through classroom lectures but also through field trips to fashion-producing areas, visits to fashion shows and exhibitions, and other activities, as well as an opportunity to present what they achieved in the training sessions at Fashion Week TOKYO.

1. Outline of the project

Through the FY 2015 Training Program for improving the business environment related trade and investment, METI is aiming to assist developing countries in improving their industrial structure and business environment by sharing Japanese economic / social systems, technologies and know-how, all of which have supported Japan’s economic development. METI has conducted training programs and dispatched experts to developing countries with the aim of fostering human resources in developing countries.

This time, as part of this project, METI will invite fashion designers from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam to develop human resources that are well informed about the apparel and fashion industries in Japan by having them experience 2-week training programs, with the aim of fostering business environments which can contribute to the development of the fashion industries in regional including Japan and participating countries.

2. Details of the project

1) Classroom lectures and on-site training

METI will invite selected fashion designers (trainees) from participating countries to Japan during Fashion Week TOKYO in October 2015 and March 2016 and provide training regarding the management and technologies of the apparel and fashion industries in Japan through classroom lectures, networking with fashion-producing areas, visits to fashion shows and exhibitions, and tours of retail shops and business complexes.

2) Presentation of achievements

In the final phase of the training sessions, METI will provide trainees (fashion designers) with opportunities to introduce their work and present the results of their training at Fashion Week TOKYO and will provide practical training through preparations and other activities for the event.

3) Future schedule

  • October 2015 Inviting fashion designers from the Philippines

    Designer achievement presentations at Fashion Week TOKYO 2016S/S

  • March 2016 Inviting fashion designers from Thailand, Indonesia, and Viet Nam

    Designer Achievement Presentations at Fashion Week TOKYO 2017A/W

Website for this project:
http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/en/ External Site Link

Release date

August 18, 2015

Division in Charge

Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau
Creative Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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