Wednesday, 8th December 2010
In General Japan News,
Japanese chain stops selling Nazi fancy dress
A chain of stores in Japan has withdrawn a Nazi party outfit from its shelves after receiving a complaint from a Jewish human rights group.
Don Quijote Co confirmed that it had received a fax from the US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center asking for the company to stop selling the costume, which included a black jacket, black boot covers and an armband feature a red swastika, reports AP.
"We have immediately taken action to remove the product from about four stores across the country where it was found," said Don Quijote spokeswoman Emiko Onoue.
"We want to offer apologies first of all. We wish to tell them how we will fulfil our social responsibility," she added.
The fancy dress outfit retailed for under 5,000 yen and was sold in a number of stores including two in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza and Roppongi shopping areas.
According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the costume was discovered on sale in 127 stores in Japan and Hawaii.
Written by Susan Ballion.