TOKYO — Onward Kashiyama has made another big step to create a brand distribution empire in Japan.

The apparel giant acquired import and distribution rights for Sonia Rykiel, Missoni and Gianfranco Ferré from Elbis, a subsidiary of struggling Seibu Department Stores. Seibu is working on a financial restructuring plan calling for $1.84 billion in loan forgiveness and a conversion of debt into equity worth approximately $83.3 million.

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