July 30, 2014 6:06 PM ET

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Company Overview of Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.

Company Overview

Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. engages in the production and distribution of cosmetics worldwide. It offers skincare, makeup, and hair care products. The company was formerly known as Kanebo Boutique Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. in May, 2004. Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. was founded in 1937 and is based in Tokyo, Japan with laboratories in Paris, Shanghai, Cincinnati, and Japan. The company has locations in Zurich, Switzerland; Odawara, Japan; Hamburg, Germany; Neuilly Sur Seine, France; Milano, Italy; Moscow, Russian Federation; New York, New York; Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand; Shanghai, China; Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; and Seoul, South Korea. As of January 31, 2006, Kanebo C...

Holland Hills Mori Tower

11-2, Toranomon 5-chome


Tokyo,  105-8085


Founded in 1937


81 3 6430 5111


81 3 6430 5212

Key Executives for Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Sustainability Committee
President and Representative Director
Age: 58
Chief Operating Officer
Age: 51
President of Kanebo Cosmetics (Europe) Ltd
President of Marketing Department
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. Key Developments

Woman Sues Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. for White Blotches

A 41-year-old woman who has suffered white blotches on her skin since using a Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. product has sued the company for a total of 48 million yen. The lawsuit, filed with Tokyo District Court, is believed to be the first among a number of women who have experienced white blotches on skin after using skin-whitening products made by the Japanese cosmetics company. According to her written complaint the Tokyo woman started using a product containing Rhododenol, a skin brightening ingredient developed by Kanebo, in July 2011. Around September of the same year, she began developing a number of symptoms, such as itchy skin and white blotches on her face, neck and arms. The woman is demanding compensation based on the product liability law and other legal provisions. She argues the symptoms could have been prevented from worsening if Kanebo had recalled the products or given warnings sooner. She still has the white blotches on her skin, also according the complaint. The company has already started paying the medical expenses of some victims, as well as compensation based on symptoms and the length of time required for recovery.

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