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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 '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.

Shiseido skin elasticity research presentation wins top award

26-Nov-2014 - For the fifth consecutive year cosmetics company Shiseido won the Top Award at the 28th IFSCC Congress for its presentation its novel approach to anti-ageing facial skin care.

The latest product innovations in Japan..

What’s next from Japan?

19-Nov-2014 - Asia accounts for over 35% of the global natural and organic personal care market, and Japan is one of the major driving forces thanks to a change in consumption attitude. ...

Asia in Focus - dispatches from Bangkok

Opening the door to Japan...designer trend is out - uniqueness is in!

13-Nov-2014 - This month we are focusing on Japan, where consumer demand for designer brands from head to toe has shifted to a desire to be unique. Ultimately opening up an infinitive amount...

Shiseido sunscreen’s UV protection enhanced after water contact

12-Nov-2014 - Shiseido claims to have developed a sunscreen that actually enhances UV protection once in contact with water or perspiration.

Dow Corning takes Japanese influence into new silicone technologies

12-Nov-2014 - Dow Corning showcased the latest concepts from its Trends Lab program in the form of two new skin care silicones, developed in Asia to meet consumer needs and ensure quality.

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...

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