How much would you pay for a school uniform?
The current standard school wear of size 130 costs just over 17,000 yen ($155) for boys and 19,000 yen for girls-for a set of jacket, trousers or skirt, shirt or blouse, and hat.
Giorgio Armani school uniforms introduced by a Tokyo primary school are causing an uproar among parents and politicians, who feel that the $729 price tag for each outfit is a bit steep.
Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district has announced plans to introduce the new uniform option, which costs more than 80,000 yen (A$945) for a full set.
Taimei Elementary School's redesigned uniforms are no doubt sleek and stylish.
"I was surprised, and wondered why such luxury brand-designed uniforms have been picked for a public elementary school", one unnamed mother, whose child is going to start school in April, told the Huffington Post. School uniforms are widely worn in Japan, but their aim is generally to develop a sense of school identity and avoid the burden of adolescent fashion - not add to it. "Why Armani?" one complained, according to a report from the local education board.
"I'm anxious that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children", one mother told The Huffington Post.
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The topic came up in parliament on Thursday.
The uniform was brought up at a Budget Committee meeting at the House of Representatives on Thursday, with Finance Minister Taro Aso commenting on the "pretty expensive" price.
The new attire would cost more than 40,000 yen for the same set of items.
Author Toson Shimazaki is among the noteworthy people to have attended Taimei Elementary School, which was founded in 1878.
The English-language Asahi Shimbun news site reported that when the education board asked whether plans for a new uniform could be scrapped, Wada told them that the old uniform was no longer being produced.
Government education officials are not pleased with the school's change in uniform.
Meanwhile the school's principal said he accepted the criticism and would provide a detailed explanation to parents, BBC said.