Apr 24, 2014

Four women sue Kanebo over skin whitener

Four Hiroshima Prefecture women who developed white blotches on their skin after using skin-whitening products made by Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. sued the company Thursday seeking ¥130 million in damages. The women, in their 40s and 50s, are demanding between ¥25 million to ¥43 million ...

Oct 21, 2013

Kanebo adds 1,233 more victims to skin blotch fiasco

Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. said Monday that it has confirmed that 1,233 more people in Japan have developed blotches from using its skin-whitening products, bringing the official case tally to 15,192. As of Oct. 13, 5,200 have serious symptoms, with at least three blotches or ...

Kanebo battles to save tattered brand image

Sep 20, 2013

Kanebo battles to save tattered brand image

by Kyoko Hasegawa

Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. will have a tough time repairing its image with consumer confidence at “rock bottom” after its skin-whitening products left ugly blotches on the faces of thousands of customers, analysts say. The nation’s second-largest cosmetics firm — more than a century old ...

Sep 19, 2013

Kanebo faces first lawsuit over flawed skin cream

A woman who has developed white blotches on her skin since using a Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. product is suing the company for ¥48 million, it was learned Thursday. The woman, who filed the lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court, is believed to be the ...

Sep 16, 2013

Kanebo's costly scandal

Only by fixing the flaws in its corporate culture that caused the skin-blotch scandal can Kanebo hope to regain the public's trust.

Kanebo chief apologizes over skin whitener fiasco

Sep 11, 2013

Kanebo chief apologizes over skin whitener fiasco

The president of Kanebo apologized Wednesday as the cosmetics giant came under fire for dragging its feet in halting shipments of skin-whitening products that have been blamed for leaving thousands of customers with blotchy skin. President Masumi Natsusaka pledged to overhaul safety controls and ...

Sep 9, 2013

Taiwan to ban blotchy skin whitener used by Kanebo

Taiwan will ban a skin-whitening chemical used by Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. following consumer complaints of white blotches, health authorities said Monday. Lu Li-fu, spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, said the ban will take effect as ...