Japan

Musk and Maezawa.

People

Japanese Fashion Billionaire and Elon Musk Announce Moon Mission

Yusaku Maezawa wants to take artists with him into lunar orbit as the first private astronauts.

clock 19hTiffany Ap

GU Style Studio Harajuku Tokyo

Fashion Scoops

GU Mixes Online, Off-line With Innovative Retail Concept in Harajuku

The store will allow customers to browse and choose in-store and then order online.

clock September 6, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Good Goods Issey Miyake

Fashion Scoops

Issey Miyake Opens Accessories Store in Tokyo

Good Goods is located in the fashion-centric area of Daikanyama.

clock August 30, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Kanebo The Exceptional

Skin Care

Kanebo to Release Ultra-Premium Skin-Care Line

Kanebo the Exceptional will initially consist of three products and will hit stores in November.

clock August 30, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Yohji Yamamoto The Shop is an online destination which will host products for sale across the designer's multiple lines.

Fashion Scoops

Yohji Yamamoto Unveils Global E-commerce Store

It’s a one-stop English-language shop for all the lines under the iconic Japanese designer with a Chinese version to debut soon.

clock August 21, 2018Tiffany Ap

Shiseido Products

Financial

Shiseido’s First-Half Net Profit More Than Doubles

Strong sales and increased marketing investment helped to boost the company’s bottom line.

clock August 8, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Isetan in Tokyo.

Retail

Japan Retail Sales Plummet Due to Weather

Torrential rains and a typhoon in July severely impacted the nation’s retailers, many of which saw deep declines in same-store sales.

clock August 2, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Kozue Akimoto

People

Kozue Akimoto Talks Being 30 and Celebrating Birthday at Fuji Rock

The Japanese beauty put out a book celebrating memories from her 30th year.

clock July 13, 2018Tiffany Ap

Tokyo's army of fashion goths, dressed in all black.

Fashion Features

Tokyo’s New-Wave Fashion Goths

An oppositional movement to poppy Instagram fashions sees Tokyo-ites wearing head-to-toe black.

clock July 10, 2018Misty White Sidell

Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo

Retail

June Sales Among Retailers in Japan are Mixed

Department stores continued to perform well due to strong demand from overseas visitors, but low-priced retailers didn’t fare as well.

clock July 3, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Media

Atlantic Media Selling Quartz to Japanese Media Company

Buyer Uzabase operates news aggregating app NewsPicks.

clock July 2, 2018Kali Hays

Roger Federer of Switzerland enters court wearing Uniqlo outfitWimbledon Tennis Championships, Day 1, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK - 02 Jul 2018

Marketing and Promotion

Uniqlo Names Roger Federer Latest Brand Ambassador

The athlete will represent the brand starting with The Championships, Wimbledon 2018.

clock July 2, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Photo courtesy of Eyevan 7285.

Business Features

Quality Is King: Consumers Prefer Quality Over Price

Consumers are increasingly choosing quality over price, according to recent studies.

clock June 29, 2018Tracey Greenstein

Hiroshi Onishi

Retail

Innovation and Partnership Necessary for Japanese Fashion Industry

Hiroshi Onishi, former ceo and president of department store company Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. on how the country could develop its own luxury brands.

clock June 20, 2018Nyima Pratten

The Mitsukoshi store in Ginza, Tokyo

Retail

May Sales Mixed Among Retailers in Japan

Cooler weather and one fewer holiday dampened sales, while some retailers got a boost from overseas visitors to the country.

clock June 4, 2018Kelly Wetherille

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