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Toray to Launch Toraysee™ 2022 Year of the Tiger Cleaning and Face Cloth Collection

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Nov. 1, 2021

Toray Industries, Inc.

Tokyo, Japan, October 14, 2021 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it will release Toraysee™ New Year cleaning cloths in two designs and Tekari Sarari™ oil-removing face cloths, in one design, in early November. These offerings employ Toray’s ultra-fine microfiber technology. They will retail through optician shops around Japan and online. Toray will begin taking orders for novelty applications in mid-October. 

These cloths are particularly useful in view of Japan heading toward a second New Year during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are compact, and people can easily give them in person or post them to friends, family, business acquaintances, and customers. 

The Toraysee™ brand debuted 34 years ago. As part of Toray’s commitment to materializing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a percentage from sales of this New Year’s collection will go to a National Federation of UNESCO Associations fund that supports children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This will be the 13th year of Toray’s contributions to UNESCO programs. Through Toraysee™, Toray will continue to assist students in quake-affected areas in coming years.
Tiger pattern cloth from collection

The cloths employ microfibers with diameters of just two microns, or around 1/1,600th the diameter of a human hair. Gaps between the fibers are invisible to the naked eye and draw dirt into them to deftly remove sebum from eyewear and touch panels on smartphones and other devices. There are also medical and manufacturing applications.

Merchandise Details
1.Toraysee™ 2022 Year of the Tiger Cloths
The design features modern geometric tigers and fruit representing luck and prosperity against a pink background. The 2022 cloth features more items to bring good fortune overall and in terms of health, money, love, competitions, work, and beauty. 19cm x 19cm and 24cm x 24cm items will retail for 660 yen and 880 yen, including consumption tax, respectively.
2.New Year Cloth and Precision Screwdriver Pen Set
This item comprises a 19cm x 19cm 2022 cloth and a precision screwdriver pen with flat and Phillips heads for conveniently adjusting eyeglasses. The set will retail for 990 yen, plus consumption tax.
3.Toraysee™ New Year Cloth with White Tiger Pattern for Health and Longevity 
This design incorporates the zodiac sign for the white tiger, a divine beast that brings fortune for the family the chrysanthemum, which celebrates health and longevity, bamboo, which wards off bad luck, and the swastika, the symbol portraying a wish for ten thousand blessings for family prosperity and good fortune. This 24cm x 24cm item will retail for 880 yen, including consumption tax.
4.Tekari Sarari™ New Year Oil-Removing Face Cloth 
This silken cloth helps men and women alike to maintain their appearance. It gently removes sebum from makeup without destroying the foundation. It folds like a handkerchief for using in public places. You can wash and reuse it repeatedly. This offering features green to distinguish it from the other New Year cloths. This 15cm x 19cm items will retail for 660 yen, including consumption tax.
Items 1 and 3 will be in stylish, environmentally friendly packaging. All packaging for items 1 through 4 is compact and fits in a standard envelope for posting in regular mail.
You can download a convenient greeting card template from the following Toraysee™ portal:


Promotional campaigns in Japan (for items 1 through 4)
1. New Year Scratch Card
Five hundred ordering 50-unit boxes will each receive a scratch card giving them a chance to win a Tiger Puffer Fish Sashimi Set, a Tiger-Colored Window Cleaner pack, and other tiger-themed gifts. 
2. Yakiniku Gift
Follow and Like the official Toraysee™ Instagram account. Five people will be selected at random for a special gift from the famed Yakiniku Toraji chain of BBQ restaurants.

SDGs Initiatives for Toraysee™ New Year Cloths
Last year, Toray responded to the SDGs by reviewing the materials it uses in merchandise packaging (in keeping with goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production) while reducing the number of plastic bags in packaging (in line with goal 14. Life Below Water). Toray has maintained its SDGs commitments, prioritizing the two goals below. 
1. Goal 4. Quality Education
Since 2009, we have supported children’s education by donating a percentage of Toraysee™ New Year cloth sales to the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. Since 2012, we have donated to that organization’s fund for children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We plan to continue such assistance.
2. Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
We will continue to design and offer rewashable, long-lasting merchandise.

Release Timing and Sales Targets
1. Physical stores: Through optician and other shops around Japan from early November 2021
2. Online: The Toraysee™ online shop (http://takezawa-inc.ocnk.net/) and other sites from mid-October 
3. Sales targets: 500,000 Toraysee™ New Year Cloths, 10,000 Precision Screwdriver Pen Set, and 10,000 Tekari Sarari™ New Year Oil-Removing Face Cloths
4. Novelty order sales: From mid-October 2021 (orders for at least one 50-unit box)