Demand for Japanese cosmetics in China has continued to rise despite fewer opportunities to go out amid the coronavirus pandemic, as local consumers apparently appreciate their quality, with Japan retaining its top supplier status in terms of value in 2020.

China's imports of cosmetics from Japan in 2020 soared more than 30% from the previous year to about $4.3 billion (¥470 billion), surpassing $3.3 billion from South Korea and other major suppliers such as France and the United States, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

In terms of import value, Japan overtook South Korea and ranked top in 2019.