Business

Retail

Speed merchant— Tokyo

Preface

As president of Japanese company Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, Tadashi Yanai is the richest man in Japan. After record sales in 2008, he is taking his low-cost chain to Paris and Singapore and hunting for big game in the US.

Fast Retailing, Paris, Singapore, Uniqlo, low-cost chain

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Tadashi Yanai - CV

1949: Born in Yamaguchi, Japan
1971: Graduates from Waseda University, Tokyo with a BA in political science and economics
1972: Joins the family firm Ogori Shoji Co in Yamaguchi
1973: Appointed senior managing director
1984: Becomes president and CEO. Opens first Uniqlo (Unique Clothing Warehouse) store in Hiroshima
1991: Changes the company name to Fast Retailing Co Ltd
2001: Opens first overseas store, in London
2002: Steps down as president and becomes chairman and CEO
2005: Reassumes role of president, chairman and CEO

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