By and and  on April 13, 2011

TOKYO — As if running a small fashion house weren’t challenging enough, Japan’s emerging labels are facing additional hurdles in the wake of the country’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

To compensate for last month’s cancellation of Japan Fashion Week, many local brands are unveiling their fall collections with presentations and shows over the next few weeks. As is to be expected, foreign buyers are keeping their distance from Japan as grave problems persist at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, some 140 miles from Tokyo, which has just been upgraded by the government to the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Then there are the ongoing aftershocks, with the latest strong one rattling buildings and nerves in Tokyo on Monday. Labels suffered production problems as they had suppliers located in the northeastern region, where the quake struck.

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