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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 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.

Global beauty research finds Japanese are the 'most critical' of their looks

11-Jun-2015 - According to a global survey by market researcher GfK, while half of the people were found to be 'fairly' or 'completely' satisfied with their looks, Japan's people are the most self-critical with over...

Asia's the second largest cosmetics market after Europe, experts report

11-Jun-2015 - According to the latest research from ApacMarket.com, Asia-Pacific is the second largest market for cosmetics after Europe, expected to reach $126.8 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 4.02%....

Fujifilm signs new deal with Algatech to expand astaxanthin supply

10-Jun-2015 - After almost a decade of sourcing Algatech’s astaxanthin as the main active for its Astalift skin care products, Fujifilm has now signed a supply and long-term agreement to distribute the company's astaxanthin raw materials in...

Shiseido confirms Burberry deal!

03-Jun-2015 - Shiseido has confirmed it has signed an agreement with luxury fragrance house Burberry to distribute its colour cosmetics and fragrance products in Japan.

Muji - Japan’s 'IKEA' expands beauty range in Australia

02-Jun-2015 - Japan's version of Swedish furniture maker 'Ikea' that also offers an affordable cosmetics range, is expanding into Australia after huge success in its home country.

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ASEAN is ideal for catering to organic and natural demand, says expert

27-May-2015 - Whether working out, meditating or making healthy purchasing decisions, consumers today are taking better care of their health. This shift in behaviour has impacted the cosmetics industry, particularly with organic...

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.

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