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Stewardess uniforms become big business in Japan

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Air hostess uniforms given to employees of Japan Airlines (JAL) have become massively popular on the black market.

Shops specialising in replica uniforms of all kinds are common, but the airline stewardess uniforms are the real thing.

After filing for bankruptcy protection in January, the company is asking for volunteers to take redundancy.

While that has raised hopes of a flood of uniforms becoming available, JAL is keen to ensure all its clothing and equipment comes back.

Roland Buerk reports from Tokyo.

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