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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 cuts full year forecast

18-Aug-2016 - Japanese multinational Shiseido announced steady sales and a big increase in profits for the first half of its financial years, but cuts its forecasts on the back of restructuring and...

Discussions at East Asia Summit focus on non-tariffs for cosmetics

10-Aug-2016 - Trade tariffs are a huge topic of conversation worldwide these days, and the recent East Asia Summit (EAS) focused on worldwide protectionism for a variety of industries, including cosmetics.

Are you up to date with cosmetics regulation across Asia?

20-Jul-2016 - ChemLinked Cosmetic Portal, a market information provider on regulation and compliance across Asia, has begun launching a series of ‘cosmepedia’ aimed at equipping beauty industry professionals with country-specific regulatory knowledge.

Say cheese: Shiseido launches app to rate your smile

27-Jun-2016 - Cosmetics giant Shiseido has launched an app which can not only detect your smile, but also rate it on a scale from a neutral 0 up to a show-stopping 120.

Kao boosts focus on sustainable packaging

16-Jun-2016 - Japanese personal care giant Kao has announced that it has begun using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited packaging, in a bid to ramp up its sustainability credentials.

Shiseido launches three new sunscreens, looking to target kids

14-Jun-2016 - Global beauty player Shiseido has launched three new sun protection products onto the market in Japan, using its sweat- and water-resistant technology in a bid to target the children’s sun...

Japan is behind on marketing, says Shiseido head

09-Jun-2016 - Shiseido CEO Masahiko Uotani has said Japanese brands tend to miss the importance of creating a strong and enduring brand identity, and criticised them for considering it as merely a...

Luxury organic beauty brand and its Asia distributor acquired by global firm

02-Jun-2016 - John Masters Organics (JMO), luxury beauty and personal care brand, and Styla, its Japan and East Asia distributor, have been acquired by global equity firm Permira.

Korea duty free industry ‘too dependent’ on Chinese tourism

26-May-2016 - Korea’s duty free industry, driven by beauty sales, has been criticised by commentators for relying too heavily on Chinese consumers.

Kanebo to launch first new brand in 10 years

24-May-2016 - Japanese beauty player Kanebo has announced it will launch a new high-end brand across the Asia region in the coming months, to go global by 2017.

Shiseido's global innovation plan

17-May-2016 - Shiseido, Japan-headquartered beauty giant, has announced that its strategy for innovation going forward will be structured around a ‘hub-and-spoke’ system, as it turns towards fully global R&D.

Shiseido pushing forward with new travel retail division

26-Apr-2016 - Global beauty retailer Shiseido is pushing ahead with its new entity, Shiseido Travel Retail, with an ambitious sales target of 18.5 billion Yen/USD 169.6 million for this financial year.

Japanese specialty chemicals firm partners up with global distributor

19-Apr-2016 - Showa Denko, a Japan-based ingredients supplier for the cosmetics industry, has teamed up with international distributor Azelis, to further strengthen its global reach.

Kao reaches cross-border digital deal with JD Worldwide

13-Apr-2016 - Beauty giant Kao has signed up with e-retail platform JD Worldwide, in the latest in a string of industry moves in the Asia region to facilitate cross-border trade of personal...

Shiseido investing in global internal communications

12-Apr-2016 - Japanese beauty giant Shiseido is investing in a collaboration and cloud storage tool to facilitate communication among its global workforce.

IMCD establishes a new office in Japan

05-Apr-2016 - Holland-based fine chemicals distributor IMCD has expanded its position in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan.

Shiseido dubbed a top 'ethical company'

17-Mar-2016 - Shiseido has ranked again as one of the world’s most ethical companies in this year’s list from the Ethisphere Institute, joining various other beauty and personal care leaders in receiving...

Kao named as one of world’s most ethical companies, ten years in succession

15-Mar-2016 - Kao Corporation has confirmed that is has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company for the tenth year in a row.

Kosé banking on flagship Sekkisei brand to drive growth

09-Mar-2016 - Japanese beauty player Kosé has stated it will push its flagship Sekkisei brand on domestic and international markets in the coming few years, in order to cater to growing consumer...

Kolmar Korea skin care reports best-ever sales thanks to home shopping retail

23-Feb-2016 - A leading cosmetics and health care manufacturer in Korea, Kolmar Korea, is reportedly enjoying best-ever sales levels, thanks in large part to its strong performance on TV home shopping channels.

Center Ingredient Technology acquired by Takasago

22-Feb-2016 - The biotech fragrance and flavor company uses fermentation to develop natural ingredients for cosmetics and other industries. Now that knowhow is part of Takasago’s Natural Mineral Portfolio.

Korean brands set to knock Shiseido off Asia beauty top spot

17-Feb-2016 - Shiseido is at risk of losing its long-held top spot in the APAC beauty industry arena, with Korean beauty brand AmorePacific one company in particular which is tipped to move...

Shiseido goes back to its roots with first Japanese plant since 1980s

16-Feb-2016 -  With a new facility in the Osaka prefecture, Shiseido is set to launch its first Japanese plant in several decades, marking a new point in the company's investment and expansion...

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...

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