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Japan hosts two of the largest cosmetics manufacturers from Asia-Pacific and is one of the most developed markets in the region. Skin care is still one of the key market drivers with skin whitening and lightening proving very popular.

Korea duty free industry ‘too dependent’ on Chinese tourism

26-May-2016 - Korea’s duty free industry, driven by beauty sales, has been criticised by commentators for relying too heavily on Chinese consumers.

Kanebo to launch first new brand in 10 years

24-May-2016 - Japanese beauty player Kanebo has announced it will launch a new high-end brand across the Asia region in the coming months, to go global by 2017.

Shiseido's global innovation plan

17-May-2016 - Shiseido, Japan-headquartered beauty giant, has announced that its strategy for innovation going forward will be structured around a ‘hub-and-spoke’ system, as it turns towards fully global R&D.

Shiseido pushing forward with new travel retail division

26-Apr-2016 - Global beauty retailer Shiseido is pushing ahead with its new entity, Shiseido Travel Retail, with an ambitious sales target of 18.5 billion Yen/USD 169.6 million for this financial year.

Japanese specialty chemicals firm partners up with global distributor

19-Apr-2016 - Showa Denko, a Japan-based ingredients supplier for the cosmetics industry, has teamed up with international distributor Azelis, to further strengthen its global reach.

Kao reaches cross-border digital deal with JD Worldwide

13-Apr-2016 - Beauty giant Kao has signed up with e-retail platform JD Worldwide, in the latest in a string of industry moves in the Asia region to facilitate cross-border trade of personal...

Shiseido investing in global internal communications

12-Apr-2016 - Japanese beauty giant Shiseido is investing in a collaboration and cloud storage tool to facilitate communication among its global workforce.

IMCD establishes a new office in Japan

05-Apr-2016 - Holland-based fine chemicals distributor IMCD has expanded its position in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan.

Shiseido dubbed a top 'ethical company'

17-Mar-2016 - Shiseido has ranked again as one of the world’s most ethical companies in this year’s list from the Ethisphere Institute, joining various other beauty and personal care leaders in receiving...

Kao named as one of world’s most ethical companies, ten years in succession

15-Mar-2016 - Kao Corporation has confirmed that is has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company for the tenth year in a row.

Kosé banking on flagship Sekkisei brand to drive growth

09-Mar-2016 - Japanese beauty player Kosé has stated it will push its flagship Sekkisei brand on domestic and international markets in the coming few years, in order to cater to growing consumer...

Kolmar Korea skin care reports best-ever sales thanks to home shopping retail

23-Feb-2016 - A leading cosmetics and health care manufacturer in Korea, Kolmar Korea, is reportedly enjoying best-ever sales levels, thanks in large part to its strong performance on TV home shopping channels.

Center Ingredient Technology acquired by Takasago

22-Feb-2016 - The biotech fragrance and flavor company uses fermentation to develop natural ingredients for cosmetics and other industries. Now that knowhow is part of Takasago’s Natural Mineral Portfolio.

Korean brands set to knock Shiseido off Asia beauty top spot

17-Feb-2016 - Shiseido is at risk of losing its long-held top spot in the APAC beauty industry arena, with Korean beauty brand AmorePacific one company in particular which is tipped to move...

Shiseido goes back to its roots with first Japanese plant since 1980s

16-Feb-2016 -  With a new facility in the Osaka prefecture, Shiseido is set to launch its first Japanese plant in several decades, marking a new point in the company's investment and expansion...

Shiseido shares reach record highs thanks to tourist spending

12-Feb-2016 - Shiseido, Japanese beauty giant, has been enjoying robust share prices over the recent period, riding on a wave of increased tourist spending.

Shiseido exec opens up on giving Japanese women the sort of cosmetics they really want

11-Feb-2016 - Getting to the bottom of what Japanese women want from cosmetics was the subject of a recent presentation given by a top Shiseido executive at the recent Cosme Tokyo 2016...

Shiseido finds pollen can damage skin barrier

10-Feb-2016 - Researchers at Shiseido have discovered that Japanese cedar pollen can disrupt skin barrier function, a finding which could have major implications for the skin care category.

Cosme Tech and Cosme Tokyo 2016 event notches up significant growth

28-Jan-2016 - Cosme Tech and Cosme Tokyo 2016 closed its doors at the Big Sight space in Tokyo last Friday, with event organiser Reed Japan claiming a big success.

Beauty tourism 'a bright spot' in Japan's gloomy economic prospects

27-Jan-2016 - Although a weakening yen and depleting tourism levels are casting a darkening shadow on the Japanese economy, beauty has been singled out as one industry which may continue to drive...

Cosme Tech and Cosme Tokyo 2016, in photos

21-Jan-2016 - The Cosme Tech and Cosme Tokyo event opened its doors at the Big Sight show space yesterday and in this photo gallery we bring you some of the highlights.

Japanese beauty brands increasing LGBT support

20-Jan-2016 - Lush Japan and Shiseido are two Japanese beauty brands getting behind a growing movement among corporations in the county to display support for LGBT minorities.

Biggest ever Cosme Tokyo event opens its doors tomorrow

19-Jan-2016 - The Cosme Tokyo event will be opening its doors tomorrow for three days, offering industry professionals a one-stop shop for the entire beauty chain.

Teijin Frontier introduces 'industry first' moisturizing clothing range

08-Dec-2015 - Japanese chemical company, Teijin Frontier has developed what it claims to be the 'first' wearable cosmetic range of women’s undergarments which contains malic acid to help retain skin moisture....

Cosme Tech 2016 event to reveal Japan's progress in cosmetics innovation

08-Dec-2015 - Noted to be Japan’s largest exhibition specialised in cosmetics, Cosme Toyko organisers are making the final preparations for the 2016 event which will be focused around showcasing what the country...

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