Rugby Goods Selling Well in Japan

Sports Society

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Jerseys and other items related to the Japanese national team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup have been flying off the shelves due to the Brave Blossoms' impressive run in the tournament.

The team's jerseys were almost sold out, with many of some 20 stores run across Japan by Canterbury of New Zealand Japan Inc. seeing empty shelves.

The Tokyo-based company, which makes and sells Brave Blossoms jerseys, prepared 200,000 pieces of them, about 15 times the usual level, for the World Cup. But about 95 pct of them have already been sold, leaving only a handful of jerseys for kids and in size XXL available.

Demand for the jerseys is strong among visitors to Japan, who buy them as souvenirs, as well as domestic fans.

"We are crying of joy," an official of Goldwin Inc. <8111>, the parent of Canterbury, said, while offering an apology to customers who could not get the jerseys. Canterbury is rushing to increase production.

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