Fast Retailing is looking to improve profitability in Japan by opening Uniqlo stores in prime commercial facilities in Tokyo and other major cities.

The company plans to open a 7,100 sq ft Uniqlo store in Tokyo Midtown, a new commercial complex in the high-end Roppongi district, as early as next month.

Though relatively small, this store will serve as a testing ground for competition against high-end boutiques occupying the complex.