FrancFranc (previously) has been in the news a lot lately because of some controversial comments by President Takashima. “Goodbye Tokyo, goodbye Tokyo Stock Exchange. Hello, Hong Kong and Singapore.” Those were his words as he prepares to de-list his company in Japan and list it somewhere else in Asia – a slap in the face to Japan Inc. And also a sign of the times, perhaps? Prepare to see a flurry of new FrancFranc stores across Asia, all with the signature style of Yasumichi Morita, the head designer who also occupies a seat on the Board.

Here are some pictures of their latest shop in Hakata (Fukuoka), which opened last month. It’s located within Canal City East, a new shopping complex where it will be accompanied by the likes of H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and others.