Japan

Shiseido Products

Financial

Shiseido Posts Record Full-Year Profit and Sales

Higher sales, an increased operating margin and an extraordinary loss a year earlier all contributed to the growth.

clock February 8, 2019Kelly Wetherille

Kanebo The Exceptional

Financial

Kao Corp.’s Profit and Sales Grow in 2018

The company has made efforts in optimizing its brand portfolio and restructuring its business segments.

clock February 4, 2019Kelly Wetherille

Marie Kondo of the Netflix hit "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo."

Marketing and Promotion

Western World Has a Healthy Obsession With Eastern Culture

A close watch on Marie Kondo, K-beauty and the spending habits of outbound Chinese tourists.

clock January 25, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

The collection from Motofumi "Poggy" Kogi

Fashion Scoops

Tomorrow Creates Japanese Fashion Brand Incubator

The first brand in the incubator is Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi.

clock January 20, 2019Jennifer Weil

Uniqlo

Retail

Fast Retailing’s First-Quarter Profit Dips on Poor Results From Uniqlo Japan

The company said a warmer-than-usual winter hindered its performance in its home country.

clock January 10, 2019Kelly Wetherille

Etienne Russo

Fashion Scoops

Etienne Russo Held in Japan on Suspicion of Marijuana Smuggling

The fashion show producer was arrested after customs officials reportedly found a liquid extracted from cannabis in his luggage.

clock December 22, 2018Kelly Wetherille

The Mitsukoshi store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

Retail

November Retail Sales in Japan Stunted by Warm Weather

One fewer weekend day compared with the same month last year also posed a challenge for many stores.

clock December 4, 2018Kelly Wetherille

The Valentino Ginza flagship.

Ready To Wear

Valentino Collaborates With Designers and Artists Ahead of Tokyo Show

The brand’s Ginza flagship will sell collaboration pieces and a capsule collection through Dec. 9.

clock November 26, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Shiseido's Masahiko Uotani stands with Naomi Osaka at the press conference announcing her ambassadorship for the beauty company.

Products

In Diversity Win, Shiseido Taps Naomi Osaka as Beauty Ambassador

The new Anessa and BareMinerals face adds inclusivity to how beauty is defined in Japan.

clock November 20, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Louis Vuitton's 2003 collaboration with Takashi Murakami.

Legal

Vuitton Wins Case in Japan Over ‘Mock’ Goods

Louis Vuitton successfully sues Junkmania in a Japanese court over parody products.

clock November 15, 2018Kellie Ell

The Mitsukoshi store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

Retail

Isetan Mitsukoshi’s First-Half Profit Jumps, Sales Slip

The company’s bottom line was boosted by a very low comparative base.

clock November 7, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Ayumu Hirano Uniqlo

Retail

Uniqlo Names Pro Snowboarder Ayumu Hirano as Latest Brand Ambassador

The athlete will follow in the footsteps of Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Adam Scott.

clock November 6, 2018Kelly Wetherille

The Takashimaya store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

Retail

Japanese Department Stores See Sales Increases in October

Lower-priced retailers focusing on basics did not fare well, due to warm weather throughout the month.

clock November 2, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Kishin Shinoyama Silk Road Louis Vuitton

Fashion Scoops

Louis Vuitton Launches Kishin Shinoyama Book in Tokyo

The photographer is the first Japanese to be featured in the brand’s “Fashion Eye” series of books

clock November 2, 2018Kelly Wetherille

Tadashi Yanai

Retail

Fast Retailing Posts Record FY Profit and Sales

Uniqlo’s international sales outpaced domestic ones for the first time.

clock October 11, 2018Kelly Wetherille

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