By  on March 29, 2011

TOKYO — With reports still trickling in from the areas most affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the impact the disaster may have had on the country’s textile and apparel industry remains uncertain.

“We still can’t easily contact some factories and transportation is greatly affected, so we’re still not completely sure of the extent of the damage,” said Shigeru Chiba, a representative of the Iwate Apparel Cooperative. “The problem is that entire lifelines have been disrupted, so we’re not 100 percent sure of the reality of the situation.”

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