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Parents of a Tokyo elementary school up in arms at being asked to $730 for their child's school uniform. A public elementary school in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district has to adopt new school uniforms by the luxury Italian designer Armani. The bespoke uniforms, which a hat and bag, are priced at over ¥80,000 ($730) each. Parents are angry at the school's decision and are at what they as the exorbitant price for a uniform of an eight-year-old child. The school said it a designer uniform that represented the rich area of Ginza. School officials top department stores and decided to ask the fashion brand Armani to the uniform.

The expensive uniform has such a fuss that it has been in Japan's parliament. One lawmaker said that since the school is public and not private, "a certain price range to be considered". Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "Clearly it's expensive. It would tough if a student could not afford to pay for it." Japan's education minister said steps would be to ensure the financial burden on parents for uniforms, "would not be excessive". Twitter users said young children not interested in designer clothes. The school principal said: "With humility, I the criticism that the explanation has insufficient and not well-timed. I will on explaining carefully to those concerned."

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