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