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Uniqlo Co., Ltd. (株式会社ユニクロ, Kabushiki-Kaisha Yunikuro) is a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. A Yamaguchi-based company, Ogori Shōji (which, until then, had been operating men's clothing shops called "Men's Shop OS"), was founded in March 1949 in Ube, Yamaguchi. On 2 June 1984, it opened a unisex casual wear store in Fukuro-machi, Naka-Ku, Hiroshima, under the name "Unique Clothing Warehouse". Initially, the brand would be registered as a shortened contraction of "unique clothing". However, in 1988, during administration work in Hong Kong for registering the brand, the staff in charge of registration misread the "C" as "Q", and that is how the brand name was born. Tadashi Yanai then changed the store name to "Uniqlo" across Japan. In September 1991, the company's name was changed from "Ogori Shōji" to "Fast Retailing"; by April 1994, over 100 Uniqlo stores were operating throughout Japan.


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