At the beginning of last week Nikkei Asian Review first reported that Topshop allegedly closed all five of its Japanese stores. Now a spokesperson of Topshop’s parent company Arcadia confirmed the rumors towards fashion news site WWD, saying: "The Japanese market is an important part of Topshop’s business and there are no plans to pull out of this key international territory. We are working hard and exploring all avenues to ensure that the brand maintains its presence in Japan."

The rumors first arose after fans of the fashion chain posted pictures on social media of abandoned stores, some still filled with merchandise, some cleared out entirely.

In their statement, Topshop also stated that the branches, which were closed at the end of January, were the ones operated by Mori Retail System. But the firm stated that it had already ended its partnership with Topshop last May. Topshop’s spokesperson declined to comment on the current situation between the two companies.