Japan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Tadashi Yanai

Retail

Fast Retailing Posts Record FY Profit and Sales

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

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The Uniqlo headquarters.

Technology

Fast Retailing Signs Deal to Fully Automate Warehousing

Deal with Daifuku expands from its Tokyo Ariake headquarters to centers worldwide.

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Inside the Jeju airport in South Korea, a designated “repackaging area” where many Mainland Chinese rip open their duty free purchases and take off their packaging. Jeju is a 90 minute flight from Shanghai and a key destination for daigou sellers.

Financial

China Border Enforcement Sends Chills Through Luxury Sector

Officials cracked down on daigou shoppers during the Golden Week holiday, spooking investors.

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The Bape and Formula One crossover car.

Fashion Scoops

BAPE Unveils Crossover With Formula One

A branded racing car is the lead-up to a more extensive product collaboration to come in 2019.

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APM Monaco Ginza

Jewelry

APM Monaco Brings Its Affordable, Playful Bling to Ginza

The new flagship store is the brand’s first in Japan, with further expansion targeted for the future.

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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.

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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.

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Good Goods Issey Miyake

Fashion Scoops

Issey Miyake Opens Accessories Store in Tokyo

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

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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.

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Fashion

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