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Cosmetics & Toiletries

11, 01. 2004
Companies
Cosmetics
Shiseido
World 4th largest cosmetic company, and top-ranked in Japan. It has expanded business overseas, in 65 countries and regions. Europe is its biggest market, followed by Asia/Oceania and Americas.
http://www.shiseido.co.jp/e/ (English)
http://www.shiseido.co.jp/com/ (Worldwide)
KOSÉ
Japan's 3rd-ranked cosmetic manufacture. Expanding market in Asia, including China.
http://www.kose.co.jp/english/
Kao
Largest toiletry manufacturer Kao is also one of the major cosmetics companies in Japan.
http://www.kao.co.jp/en/
Toiletries
Kao
Ranking top in toiletry business in Japan, and second largest in a global market next to U.S. Proctor & Gamble. Wide variety of products such as personal-care, sanitary goods, and chemicals.
http://www.kao.co.jp/en/
Lion
Second largest toiletry maker in a domestic market, and top-ranking of toothpaste manufacturing. Strengthening business in Asian market.
http://www.lion.co.jp/en/
Kanebo
Spun off cosmetics business (now Kanebo Cosmetics) in 2004 under new management supported by Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan.
http://www.kanebo.co.jp/english/
Sunstar
Top in tooth brush market, and 2nd in toothpaste/powder in Japan. Strengthening business in Europe and America.
http://www.sunstar.com/
The competent authorities
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The ministry deals with pharmaceutical issues, including cosmetic and toiletry products. Releasing its safety or recall information.
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/
Ministry of the Environment
The ministry annually issues a report on chemicals in the environment, whose information is available on its website.
http://www.env.go.jp/en/
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/
National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan (NCAC)
The center conducts a variety of surveys and research as well as product testing. It also takes complaints from consumers about products. English newsletter is available on its website.
http://www.kokusen.go.jp/ncac_index_e.html
Cosmetics & Toiretries industry organization
The Japan Soap and Detergent Association (JSDA)
Composed of 24 members of soap and detergent manufacturers. JSDA survey, such as clean survey, is released in English.
http://www.jsda.org/etop.html

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