Minister Shoichi Nakagawa of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Friday his agency will examine the impact the government's "Cool Biz" campaign -- which promotes casual wear with no ties during the summer -- has on those who make neckties, the Kyodo news agency reported.
"It is unfair if the campaign singles out neckties as the villains," he said.
A trade group of necktie makers has asked the government to stop spreading what they call a "bad image" of their products."
Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda told necktie makers Friday to develop neckties suited for summer weather, Kyodo said.
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