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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 gears up for rise in cosmetics sales thanks to duty-free expansion

22-Oct-2014 - As of October 1st, duty-free products in Japan, previously limited to electronics and clothing, now includes consumable items like food and cosmetics. 

Analysis - Japan

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

21-Oct-2014 - With more than a quarter of Japan’s population over the age of 60, it is said that country suffers more from the issues of an ageing population than any other...

Cosme Tokyo opens its doors to a distinct emphasis on stem cells cosmetics

16-Oct-2014 - Cosme Tokyo 2014 will open its doors for the third time on October 20th, and will be revealing a distinctive emphasis on cosmetic ingredients and products developed from stem cells.

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

13-Oct-2014 - Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of that have remained within the confines of the 127.3m-strong nation with the world's...

Cosme Tokyo puts the spotlight on organic and natural products for kids

11-Sep-2014 - With growing demand for natural and organic personal care products targeting expectant mothers, babies and kids, the organisers of Cosme Tokyo have highlighted a selection at the event.

Kao research identifies natural enzyme to produce sustainable surfactants

21-Aug-2014 - Kao has found a natural enzyme that can produce medium chain fatty acids used as raw materials in the production of surfactants for shampoos and cosmetics, through its research, particularly...

Cosmetics online flash sales to take off in Asia

05-Aug-2014 - In an effort to push the mobile commerce market in Southeast Asia, Japan based mobile app company ‘Line’ has plans to influence flash sales across markets including cosmetics.

Japan the focus at in-cosmetics Asia

04-Jun-2014 - Japan will follow in the footsteps of Korea in 2013, and will be the country focus at this year’s in-cosmetics Asia event, held in Bangkok, November 4-6.

Japan's duty free to double seeing promising results for cosmetics

27-May-2014 - Last year, the number of visitors to Japan hit a record 10.36 million and with waived visa restrictions and a soon-to-be abolished consumption tax, cosmetics sales are to set to...

Woongjin Group obtains exclusive rights to sell Dermalogica in Korea

27-May-2014 - South Korea’s Woongjin Group is further moving into the cosmetics sector after securing exclusive rights to sell US skin care brand Dermalogica in Korea.

Asia in Focus

Expert reveals scalp care to be as vital as facial treatments with Asian consumers

21-May-2014 - This month we're focusing on the rise of the scalp care market in Asia, where our expert, Florence Bernardin, says consumers place treatment of this area on the same level...

Digital a ‘necessary platform’ for beauty brands in India

20-May-2014 - Digital has been called up as an essential tool for the marketing of beauty brands in India, with the CEO of one of the region’s key players in marketing, VML...

Japanese cosmetic innovation leading the way

07-May-2014 - Regional experts predict Japan’s knack for innovating product textures, concepts and formulas, particularly in the hair and skin care segments, will be tempting consumers from its fellow markets.

Beauty technology on new level with manicure that lights up

24-Apr-2014 - Japanese toy firm Takara Tomy ARTS has developed nails that light up when using Android-powered smart phones.

Could LG Household be weighing up a bid for Elizabeth Arden?

24-Apr-2014 - The way to grow in the cosmetics industry is to acquire stock with an already good standing, and now South Korean household firm LG Household & Healthcare is considering a...

Shiseido skin protection research points to new skin care technology

23-Apr-2014 - Cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido will use research efforts into Langerhans cells and a function of skin immunity to develop a new line of skin care products as a solution for maintaining...

Hair-raising research: Shiseido to open regeneration facility in Japan

23-Apr-2014 - Japan-based cosmetics giant Shiseido has announced it will open a new facility in the country next week, which will conduct research into hair regeneration.

Western consumers are now demanding skin care influences from Asia

22-Apr-2014 - It is important for ingredient suppliers to stay relevant and follow the trends – which in skin care right now, is coming from Asia…

Kosé cosmetics taking on North America

20-Mar-2014 - Japan-based cosmetics player Kosé has made clear its intent to expand into the North American market, with its acquisition of a 93.5% stake in New York-based colour cosmetics and skin...

Septem Soken to continue Eskitis Institute skin care research

12-Mar-2014 - Japanese cosmetics company, Septem Soken, has confirmed a three year extension to its research at the Eskitis Institute's 'Nature Bank', with which it looks to discover potential new ingredients for...

Shiseido all set to launch Za range in India

11-Mar-2014 - Japanese beauty giant Shiseido is set to go ahead with the launch of its skin care brand ‘Za’ in India next month, following the successful establishment of its Mumbai subsidiary...

Japanese place high importance on quality packaging

05-Mar-2014 - According to a new report by Canadean, demand for high quality and aesthetically pleasing packaging will aid the growth of the Japanese cosmetic plastics industry.

P&G focus on Southeast Asia in hopes to boost performance

26-Feb-2014 - Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has been targeting the Southeast Asia market in a bid to profit from the region’s growth, and balance stagnant sales in the West.

Kao results show growth, despite drag from Kanebo whitening re-call

06-Feb-2014 - Kao’s full year results show healthy gains, despite being weighed down by a mass recall relating to skin whitening products in its Kanebo business.

Mintel identifies 2014’s trends for the Asia Pacific consumer

05-Feb-2014 - An increase in technology, safety concerns and value are top of the trend list when it comes to consumers in Asia Pacific according to new research from Mintel.

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