Parents of Tokyo elementary school are up in arms at being asked to pay $730 for their child's school uniform. public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district has decided to adopt new school uniforms designed by luxury Italian designer Armani. bespoke uniforms, which include hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at school's decision and are protesting at what they view as exorbitant price for uniform of eight-year-old child. school said it wanted a designer uniform that represented the rich area of Ginza. School officials visited top department stores and decided to ask fashion brand Armani to design the uniform.
expensive uniform has created such fuss that it has been discussed in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since school is public and not private, " certain price range needs to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would be tough if student could not afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be taken to ensure financial burden placed on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children are not interested in designer clothes. school principal said: "With humility, I take criticism that the explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."