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Closed Kimono Firm Likely Causes 200 M. Yen in Damages

Closed Kimono Firm Likely Causes 200 M. Yen in Damages

   Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--The shutdown of kimono rental firm Harenohi, which ruined Coming-of-Age Day celebrations for many women last week, is likely to have caused more than 200 million yen in damages to customers.
   The governments of seven cities where Harenohi had outlets, such as Yokohama of Kanagawa Prefecture, Hachioji in western Tokyo and Fukuoka in southwestern Japan, had received 709 requests for support by Friday.
   The value of contracts with Harenohi concluded by those seeking support reached 227 million yen. Total damages caused by the Yokohama-based company are likely to be even bigger.
   Police are investigating whether the company committed fraud.
   The shutdown came to light on the Coming-of-Age Day on Monday. In usual years, many women wear kimonos to attend celebration ceremonies.

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