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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.

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...

Shin-Etsu invests ¥20 billion in a silicone production facility

02-Dec-2015 - In an effort to expand its silicone business, Shin-Etsu Chemical is investing ¥20 billion in a facility to meet the 'wide-ranging' requirements of its cosmetics customers.

PayPal finds Japanese consumers are least likely to buy from international online merchants

02-Dec-2015 - New global research from PayPal reveals that despite cosmetics cross-border shopping being the most popular in Asia-Pacific, Japanese consumers were found to be least likely to shop online from non-domestic merchants....

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,...

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