Fast Retailing plans to open more than 100 Uniqlo stores in Asian countries outside of Japan in the year ending August 2012. This would represent twice as many openings than in the previous fiscal year. The retailer operates approximately 160 Uniqlo stores in the region, mainly in China and South Korea.

Uniqlo’s first Thai store opened this month, with two more set to open by November and a fourth in spring 2012. Fast Retailing is also looking to set up flagship stores in large cities such as Jakarta and Manila, with plans for 1,000 sites in Southeast Asia by 2020.