Energy conservation may hurt tie makers

June 10, 2005 at 4:59 PM

TOKYO, June 10 (UPI) -- A Japanese government department will study the possible negative effects the government's energy conservation program has on necktie makers.

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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