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Teijin Sold TIFICO
Japanese fiber maker Teijin Limited has sold its entire stake in its
Indonesian subsidiary as part of restructuring of its polyester fibers business.
The new owners of PT Teijin Indonesia Fiber Tbk (TIFICO) are PT
Prospecto Motor, PT Hermawan Sentral Investama, PT Wiratama Karya
Sejati and Pioneer Atrium Holding Ltd - all of which have textile
The vertically integrated business unit, which was set up more than 30 years ago, produces polyester
fiber, from spinning to weaving and dyeing.
But over the last decade it has struggled against tough Chinese competition and "achieved a level of profit lower than expected,"
Once the sale is completed, Teijin's polyester fibers business will have an R&D base in Japan, a main production base for filament yarn
and staple fibers in Thailand, and a network of other plants for subsequent processing and finishing in Japan, China and South East
The Japanese men's wear industry has seen an unusual phenomenon of late, which is old style underwear becoming more fashionable than their modern counterpart. For Christmas, many women went into underwear departments to buy "samurai underwear" as gift for their boyfriends.
According to Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao Japanese men believe wearing "samurai underwear" can conjure their fighting spirit in a period of global recession.
"Tokyo Passers-by", a popular magazine in Japan, introduced "samurai underwear" priced at 25,000 yen. The magazine said that apart from the theme of "samurai", the underwear was made of "blue print" cloth, which was created by Japanese printing masters. "Blue print" was a victory color in Japanese warring states period. Wearing such underwear, someone could be a real Japanese man and full of fighting spirit.
Some Japanese magazines say that office gentlemen are very interested in such underwear, because they believe they can fight against the financial crisis by wearing that.
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A "MEN only" zone in lingerie departments was offered to hapless husbands and baffled boyfriends who wanted to buy underwear as Christmas presents.
John Lewis have created a "Lingerie Runner" service for men who "wanted to get it right".
Lingerie experts hovered round the safety of the undies section ready to gather
up nervous men who are shopping for smalls for their wives or girlfriends.
John Lewis said that the service aimed to take all the embarrassment and confusion out of lingerie shopping and gave men the chance to make their choices in a male only environment.
The runners, who are male and female, recommended style, color and label so that men wouldn't make the wrong choice or leave empty-handed.
Most big lingerie departments had about 30 brands and more than 70 bra sizes, so it is no wonder men get in a muddle, said Maria Walker, chief lingerie advisor at John Lewis.
She added: "Our Lingerie Runner is a fantastic new service for men who want to get it right this Christmas.
"We stock 28 lingerie labels in 70 bra sizes, so no wonder browsing the lingerie department can be an unnerving experience for a man.
"Our expert John Lewis Lingerie Runners take the embarrassment out of lingerie shopping by doing the hard work for them while they relax in the private 'Men Only' zone."
Ms Walker also said men should do their homework before they leave the house and follow these five tips.
She said: "Choosing the wrong size is the most common mistake made by men. Remedy this by simply sneaking a look in her underwear drawer, this is the best way to find out what size she likes to wear.
"Many men opt for statement color combinations such as black and red, whereas most women prefer softer, feminine
"Again, take a look in her underwear drawer and see if any colors jump out at you, this will give you a good indication of what she feels comfortable in when you're shopping for lingerie.
"Men often make the mistake of buying what they would like to see rather than what their partner would like to wear.
"Most women are insecure about some aspect of their bodies, so it's best to note what your other half feels confident in. If she doesn't already wear it, she won't be comfortable in it.
"In general avoid any gifts with less than flattering descriptions, such as 'Control wear', 'Reducing',
'Minimizing' or 'Cleavage enhancing', your other half could end up being more offended that flattered by your gift.
"Also get to know what's in style, flick through her magazines, luxury lingerie labels and if you're still not sure, ask your runner for advice."
Donald MacDonald from Scotland went to study at an English university and was living in the hall of residence with all the other students there. After he had been there a month, his mother came to visit him (no doubt carrying reinforcements of tatties, salt herring, oatmeal and whisky).
"And how do you find the English students, Donald?" she asked.
"Mother," he replied, "they're such terrible, noisy people. The one on that side keeps banging his head on the wall and won't stop. The one on the other side screams and screams all night."
"Oh Donald! How do you manage to put up with these awful noisy English neighbors?"
"Mother, I do nothing. I just ignore them. I just stay here quietly, playing my bagpipes."
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