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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.

Japan's largest cosmetics portal - @cosme invests in English version

19-May-2015 - The largest cosmetics and beauty portal in Japan, @cosme.com has invested in an English-language portal to tap into an even bigger market share.

Shiseido sees opportunity in Japan's pollen concerns

14-May-2015 - As well as experiencing a high pollen count this spring, Japan has been hit by the pollution coming from China, which has opened up a new segment of opportunity for cosmetic players... ...

Asia's senior market not to be underestimated, says Euromonitor

07-May-2015 - Contrary to popular belief that senior consumers are frugal spenders with lower incomes, Euromonitor says they are a growing demographic that cannot be ignored, providing rich opportunities for companies that get it right.  ...

A look at Fujifilm's astaxanthin 'breakthrough' in skin care...

06-May-2015 - By transferring its' expertise with antioxidant astaxanthin to cosmetics, Fujifilm has been making serious headway in Asia with the Astalift skin-care range.

Shiseido unveils three year restructuring programme

06-May-2015 - Targeting structural issues for both the company’s domestic and international businesses, the Shiseido three year restructuring programme aims at renewed growth through investment in ‘aggressive marketing’.

Pola Orbis to see profits of 20 billion yen in 2015

29-Apr-2015 - Japanese cosmetics giant, Pola Orbis has refocused its' strategy in China, stepping up internet sales and streamlining its' efforts to put it on track for a year ending profit of around 20...

Shiseido steps up retail strategy in Japan

22-Apr-2015 - As part of Shiseido's goal to become more accessible to Asian consumers, the brand is heavily investing in enhancing its' travel retail business with duty-free stores.

Japan's 'cherry blossom' season reels in Chinese shoppers

07-Apr-2015 - As shopping trips to Japan continue to boom, Chinese people who received visas in March are expected to travel to shop and experience the 'cherry blossom season' in April.

Study reveals how hair density is lost and cuticles become more fragile with ageing

02-Apr-2015 - Changes in hair density and elasticity are most likely to occur in the 40-50 year old age range and hair will most likely become more fragile at this time too...

Burberry to team up with Shiseido to conquer Japan?

02-Apr-2015 - Burberry's luxury fragrance house is speculated to be teaming up with Asian cosmetics giant, Shiseido to distribute its' perfumes in Japan.

Shiseido's new R&D hub represents 'Vision 2020' plan

31-Mar-2015 - After curbing its R&D spending in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, Shiseido is now investing in R&D again with hopes to boost group sales above the 1 trillion yen...

Increasing women in the workforce to turn Japan's economy around

19-Mar-2015 - Despite repeated attempts to revitalize the economy, Japan remains mired in weak growth. However, analysts now say increasing the number of women in the workforce will turn things around. ...

Korean brands scaling down in Japan due to weak Yen

12-Mar-2015 - While more and more Japanese cosmetics brands see value in Korea’s markets, Korean companies are scaling down their business in Japan, due to the weak yen.

Japan's tax free stores boosting cosmetics spending

05-Mar-2015 - Japanese stores offering tourists tax free shopping have hit their government target five years early, as the number offering the service shot up by 60% in the last six months. ...

Japanese 3D printing of human tissue has cosmetic potential

04-Mar-2015 - Cyfuse Biomedical, a Japanese 3D printing developer has raised ¥1.4 billion ($11.8 million) for its work with producing human tissue, which has the potential for cosmetics firms testing out new products....

Shiseido collaborates with IBM on app to empower beauty consultants

26-Feb-2015 - Shiseido has teamed up with IBM to enhance its customer experience by providing nearly 10,000 beauty consultants in Japan with mobile apps designed to aid new customer services, customer-centric product...

Japan's biggest beauty website launches Chinese-language service to conquer market

26-Feb-2015 - Japan's largest beauty community website, @cosme has invested in a Chinese-language service on e-commerce platform Tmall, as it tries to conquer the Chinese market.

'Glabra' - the 'go to' ingredient for face masks?

05-Feb-2015 - As brands scramble to cater to Asia’s demand for a higher level of user experience in skin care, various brands have been investing in 'Glabra' – also known as golden...

Japan's tourism trade to reach 3.8 trillion yen by 2020

05-Feb-2015 - Spending in Japan by international visitors increased in 2014, with tourists reportedly spending 2.03 trillion yen on souvenirs ranging from premium goods to cosmetics.

Japan's love of fake eyelashes could be damaging in the long run..

29-Jan-2015 - A study carried out at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that frequent wearers of long synthetic eyelashes are at risk of eye damage, as they tend to funnel air...

Thailand viewed as the gateway to ASEAN's markets

20-Jan-2015 - Japan’s small and medium-sized enterprises see Thailand as the hub of ASEAN’s markets and are currently investing in partnerships as a result.

Datamonitor Comment

DNA testing kits open up new cosmetic markets in Japan

14-Jan-2015 - In 2014, skin care companies turned to the 'DNA approach' in providing tailored supplements in Japan.    

Japan turns to celebrity ambassadors to capture beauty market

13-Jan-2015 - Various Japanese cosmetic brands have been taking an aggressive marketing approach, opting for actors and entertainers as brand ambassadors to push their products across Asia.  ...

Japanese scientists confident bee propolis can help hair re-growth

17-Dec-2014 - Propolis, a resin-like substance used by honeybees to seal small crevices in their hives, has been found to encourage hair growth in mice. 

Shiseido, Kao and Kosé dominate local market in Japan but e-commerce needs boost

10-Dec-2014 - Local companies Shiseido, Kao, and Kosé are dominating Japan’s beauty industry as they better engage consumers, although global brands are leading when it comes to e-commerce adoption.