Wednesday, 3rd March 2010
In General Japan News,
Japan Airlines uniforms a hit on the black market
Troubled Asian carrier Japan Airlines has been hit by further problems following its recent bankruptcy, with the uniforms worn by its staff now appearing to be popular on the black market.
According to reports, the smart and sober uniforms worn by the female air hostesses are popular among collectors and those with an interest in uniforms.
Speaking to the Times, costume shop owner Yu Teramoto, who runs a store in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, said that real examples of Japan Airlines uniforms have been hard to come across but following the airline's troubles, there is the chance that former staff will be enticed to sell their genuine uniforms by the high prices offered by collectors.
Japan Airlines has gone to some lengths to try and reduce the number of its uniforms changing hands on the black market - from serial numbers to the latest plan, electronic security chips within garments.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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