TOKYO Jan 27 Japan's Fast Retailing Co
, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, hopes
that a planned listing in Hong Kong will help it take root in
the region as a retailer and attract talented personnel, a top
executive said on Monday.
"We chose Hong Kong among the many bourses out there because
Hong Kong is the centre of financial markets in Asia," Chief
Financial Officer Takeshi Okazaki told reporters.
"We already have a close relationship with the greater
Chinese markets and Southeast Asia through sales and production,
on top of which the region has high potential for growth," he
Okazaki added that listing in other overseas exchanges
remained a possibility as Fast Retailing seeks heightened brand
(Reporting by Ritsuko Shimizu; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim;
Editing by Shinichi Saoshiro)