FAST TRACK: Tadashi Yanai, chairman and chief executive officer of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., wants to build his company into a $9.3 billion, or 1 trillion yen, empire. In a message to shareholders released last week, Yanai said Fast Retailing recognizes it has to enhance the appeal of its Uniqlo garments in Japan, where it has struggled, and to continue to expand overseas.

“The lessons we have learned through our expansion into the U.K. and Shanghai, China will prove invaluable for an early push into the U.S. and Asia,” he said. “This time around we are not necessarily looking to go it alone. We are also considering investments into and tie-ups with other firms that can help us expand our reach into several overseas countries more effectively and efficiently.”

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