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News breaks that cult Japanese label mastermind JAPAN will cease operations as of 2013. For founder Honma Masaaki, 2013 will represent the brand’s 15th anniversary and in doing so signal the end of a successful mission and era. In an article seen at Fashionsnap, Masaaki’s beginnings under the wings of Yohji Yamamoto and the subsequent difficulties over the years talk about mmJ’s overall growth and progression. The disbanding of mastermind JAPAN represents a similar move to that of (N)umber (N)ine which all saw a healthy and popular label shut down.