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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.

Evonik ups silica production with new facility in Japan

18-Nov-2015 - The Ako plant marks an increase in Evonik's capacity in Asia. And, this is just the latest expansion of the company’s global silica capacity; plans are underway for new manufacturing sites...

Asia in Focus

A look at China, Japan and Korea's priorities in skin care

17-Nov-2015 - Consumers in China, Japan and Korea have very different concerns when it comes to skin care. This gallery looks at how priorities differ in those markets and what determines product...

Shiseido CEO speaks on Japanese beauty brands and 'emotional fulfillment'

17-Nov-2015 - According to Shiseido CEO Masahiko Uotani, although Japanese beauty brands are on top of technology, functionality and service, there's still some work to be done on brand identity and connecting with the consumer....

Expert reveals Japan favours traditional incense in modern day fragrances

04-Nov-2015 - Japanese incense, used in traditional ceremonies is making its way into modern day fragrances as consumers become more receptive to niche scents, according to our expert on the ground, Hiro Nakayama. ...

Japan's feeling the heat to follow EU ethics on animal testing

29-Oct-2015 - Although Japanese law does not require most cosmetics to undergo animal testing - it is not prohibited and the government is really feeling the pressure to introduce the same regulatory...

Japan’s airports consider 'downtown stores' to compete on tax free shopping

27-Oct-2015 - Japan’s airport corporations are considering opening downtown duty free stores after facing some serious competition from retailers offering tourists tax free shopping around the country.

Scientific workshop gives update on metabolomics progress in beauty

21-Oct-2015 - Scientists at Osaka University Japan and Thai University have held a workshop on the latest cutting edge metabolomics which give insight into the skin's biology and advances R&D across industries...

Entrepreneur works with Filipino farmers to bring coconut oil to Japan's beauty aisles

15-Oct-2015 - To support the Philippines - the world’s largest coconut oil producing country, Cocowell Corp is putting its money where its mouth is by re-investing revenue made from exports to Japan, in...

L’Oréal presents sol-gels research to the Japanese industry

08-Oct-2015 - A team of scientists at L’Oréal have presented their work on silane technology that treats fine and damaged hair at the International Sol-Gel Conference in Kyoto, Japan....

Kawaii Way bottles Tokyo style for international fans

07-Oct-2015 - Cosmetics player, Asia Kawaii Way has launched 'Face Toyko' cosmetics boxes to share popular make-up products and techniques from Tokyo with the rest of the world. 

Japan to 'streamline' regulation on cosmetics imports

06-Oct-2015 - Japan's Cosmetic Importers Association has announced its intention to abolish the current import notification system for cosmetics to speed up the process for international players.

Berry nice! Asia's 'beauty from within' formulators preference for Nordic fruit

29-Sep-2015 - East Asia's supplements market - which includes 'beauty from within' products is favoring bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries so much that workers from Thailand are even traveling to Finland and Sweden for supplies....

Shiseido’s Social Business Model in Bangladesh recognised by the UN

24-Sep-2015 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recognised cosmetics maker Shiseido’s Social Business Model, whereby it seeks to improve social status and lifestyle of rural women by skin care products,...

Japan to see high growth in beauty supplements thanks to rising male interest

17-Sep-2015 - Japan is expected to be the prominent contributor of skin and hair care beauty supplements revenue, ahead of China by 2020.

Japanese scientist awarded for 'trail-blazing work' on stem cells research

10-Sep-2015 - This year's Chanel 'CE.R.I.E.S.' Award that honors global research in the area of healthy skin and/or its reactions to environmental factors has been scooped up by Japan's Emi Nishimura M.D., Ph.D....

Cosme Toyko 2016 to attract the biggest international audience yet!

09-Sep-2015 - The 2016 edition of Cosme Toyko is fast gaining international interest; attracting more exhibitors than ever from Europe, the US, Middle East and Africa.

Japan's beauty makers shift focus with targeted cosmetics to beat off competition

09-Sep-2015 - Japan's cosmetic manufacturers are developing more specialized products and personalized services to make up losses in their boutiques due to stiff competition from drugstores.

Superhero skin care masks? Japan's mixing it up in male grooming

26-Aug-2015 - Japanese cosmetics brand, Isshin-do Honpo has taken male grooming to another level with a range of quirky 'superhero' re-juvenating face masks, perhaps to entice men into more exciting skin care routines......

Japanese beauty retailer finds a new way to entice shoppers with interactive shop windows

19-Aug-2015 - Japanese colour cosmetics retailer, Ainz & Tulpe has introduced facial recognition shop windows that capture shoppers as they walk by with the latest make-up 'looks' they can then access in their...

Asia in Focus

The male grooming revolution is on its way with Japan's ‘joshiryoku danshi’

13-Aug-2015 - Joshiryoku danshi refers to a generation of young Japanese men who aren't interested in a traditional masculine role but rather invest their time and money on 'feminine activities' like shopping and beauty routines....

Japan emerges as a key market for Hermès fragrance sales

29-Jul-2015 - Luxury fashion house, Hermès has revealed that its' fragrance arm in Japan is up 20% – a rise the brand attributes to a “selective distribution network”.

Shoppers from China & Taiwan boost Japan duty-free sales

28-Jul-2015 - The Japanese government is easing up on visa rules and expanding the scope of duty-free shopping as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2020.

Hot topic

Beware of 'polite business'! The challenges of cracking Japan's cosmetics market

17-Jul-2015 - Establishing or indeed sustaining business in Japan's cosmetics market depends on the seamless interaction and integration with its culture, not something every international company has managed to get right...

Japan leads the way in nutricosmetics innovation

01-Jul-2015 - As consumers in Asia become aware of the benefits of nutricosmetics, the region is set to dominate the global growth of the segment as demand for green credentials takes on...

Japan to further ease visa restrictions to boost sales

17-Jun-2015 - The Japanese government is reducing its visa requirements as well as investing in language services to encourage tourist spending in the country.

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