A Japanese school is introducing Armani uniforms for its students

'Why Armani?': Parents question pricey uniforms at public school in Tokyo's Ginza district

'Why Armani?': Parents question pricey uniforms at public school in Tokyo's Ginza district

Taimei Elementary School is located in Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district.

Questions were raised in the Japanese parliament after complaints from parents that they would be expected to pay more than 80,000 yen (£527) for the haute couture uniform, which includes a tailored blazer, waistcoat and hat.

Some of the uniform's items, including the jacket, trousers and skirt, were designed by Italian luxury brand Armani. Parents complained that it was unaffordable.

"School uniforms are already more expensive than the business suits we wear", said Manabu Terata, an opposition lawmaker, according to the AP. "Why Armani?" one complained, according to a report from the local education board.

Though the new uniform is not compulsory, it could create embarrassment for students whose families can't afford it, some commentators said.

"I'm anxious that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children", one mother told The Huffington Post.

Even in style-conscious Japan, the new uniforms are being seen as too pricey for children's clothing - especially since Taimei is a state-funded school.

The uniform was brought up at a Budget Committee meeting at the House of Representatives on Thursday, with Finance Minister Taro Aso commenting on the "pretty expensive" price. Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said that the school should have discussed the matter with parents first and that his ministry would look into taking steps to avoid any "excessive" burden on parents, Kyodo News Agency reported.

The school sent a letter to parents last November in which the principal explained that the school was changing its uniform to better reflect its status as a "landmark" in Ginza, according to the Huffington Post Japan. "It would be severe if a student can not afford to pay it". "The officials should have thought about the children and made a decision after holding discussions", one parent, who did not want to be identified, told national broadcaster NHK.

Meanwhile the school's principal said he accepted the criticism and would provide a detailed explanation to parents, BBC said.

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