By  on March 23, 2010

TOKYO — Japan Fashion Week, which kicks off its condensed four-day run today, may be shorter in duration than seasons past, but it’s not denting the organizers’ optimism.

Nobuyuki Ota, president of Issey Miyake Inc. and chief of JFW’s collection project committee, said two factors are working in local designers’ favor — a growing contingency of buyers and consumers from other Asian countries and Japanese department stores’ newfound willingness to place orders and decrease their dependency on European luxury labels.

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