School in Japan Under fire for Asking Students to Wear Giorgio Armani Uniforms Worth $730

by Shanzah Sahir

A public school in Tokyo, Japan, has made it compulsory for its students to wear a ‘Giorgio Armani’ uniform to school!

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The uniform change was announced in November 17, 2017 on the school’s website. (Source: Taimei Elementary School)

Taimei Elementary School located in Ginza, Tokyo, has been facing a lot of criticism for switching to the new uniform designed by Armani, worth ¥80,000, which is around $730!

The school announced this latest change on their website on November 17, 2017. It was disclosed in a document named ‘About New Standard Clothing’.

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Taimei Elementary School wants to represent Ginza by up scaling itself to it’s latest standards. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

In the document, principal Toshiji Wada explained that this change was needed because the city of Ginzo is progressing rapidly, and the elementary school needs to be ‘a landmark’.

“I am not concerned about the brand, I am not interested, but Yasuaki Elementary School is also a Ginza landmark, Ginza brand. It is a kind of traditional brand that exists with the history of the city,” he wrote.

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The parents of the students are not in the favor of this new change. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Armani uniform was selected because the boutique is close to the school. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images)

Dior and Giorgio Armani buildings are seen in the most famous high-end shopping district of Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, on March 05, 2015. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ginza is preparing itself for Olympics 2020 in Tokyo. The area has seen some major development over the past few years and has started to become a status symbol for many. Principal Toshiji explained the same very thing in the document.

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Ginza is preparing itself for Tokyo Olympics 2020. (Photo by View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images)

He further said, “By the way, the city of Ginza is transforming toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the foreseeable future. While keeping the remnant of the good old Ginza, I am seeking newness. Yao Ming primary school too. “

“While keeping a good tradition, we are promoting educational activities that have timely flow. As you know, in the city of Ginza, brand shops named around the world line up,” the principal continued to say.

Elementary schoolchildren will begin to wear these uniforms from April, 2018. (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

The parents of these students, however, were not pleased by the uniform change. The school received a lot of backlash from not only parents but people from all around the world on social media.

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Giorgor Armani uniforms will help the school get the ‘landmark’ status. (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

In Japan, most public schools do not require students to wear uniforms. However, the tuition fee is extremely high and some parents can barely afford it. Now, making an extremely expensive uniform compulsory has left parents fuming.

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Students of public schools in Japan mostly don’t wear uniforms. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

The Armani uniform will cot more than 80000 Yens. (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

The decision to switch to Armani uniform was also brought up in the parliament on Thursday.

Japanese politician, Manabu Terata, said:

“School uniforms are already more expensive than the business suits we wear, but these uniforms at Taimei Elementary School are especially questionable.”

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The new uniform will cost two times the price of their previous uniforms. (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

The principal of the school has also welcomed the criticism. (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Parents and the law makers are getting in touch with the school to rethink this policy calling it extremely unfair.

The principal of the school has welcomed the criticism but is adamant on introducing Armani as their school dress code. The new uniform policy will be applicable from April.

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