Statement from Japan Cosmetic Industry Association

by PJ on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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One of my readers, Kerry, has mentioned her concern (which I am sure is shared by many others) about using beauty products manufactured in Japan since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as a result of the earthquake on March 11th.

To ensure the safety of the production process and of the use of the products, Japan Cosmetic Industry Association issued a statement on March 30th. You can read the English version here. This is a direct translation from the Japanese version, which has been posted on official websites of many Japanese beauty brands.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Inês Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In fact, I’ve been quite fearful of buying beauty products from Asia nowadays because of the radiation. So if they were fabricated before the earthquake, the radiation present on them won’t be harmful? Everyone else doesn’t seem very worried about that issue, I wonder if I’m being paranoid!


PJ Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hi Inês,

I certainly understand your concern about the radioactive substances. Obviously everyone of us has different concerns about various aspects of the safety of skincare and makeup products, and I would hesitate to think that it is my place to say how you should feel about this issue.

Personally I have not been worrying about the issue too much (certainly not regarding the products manufactured before the accident). Regarding Japanese cosmetics in general (nearly all the beauty items from Asia that I buy are from Japan), I believe that, in Japan, the standard of quality control of consumer products is generally very high, and I tend to feel very safe using products made in Japan.

I know a lot of my readers are fans of Japanese cosmetics just like me, and I will certainly keep you all posted if there is any related news that we should all know about. :)

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts! :)


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