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Chinese shoppers boost Japan's exports of beauty products

Beijing's tariff cut helps lift shipments by 48% in first 8 months of 2018

Japanese cosmetics maker Kose plans to double its number of shops in China by 2020.

TOKYO -- Japan's exports of cosmetics and other beauty products are soaring as tourists from China and elsewhere in Asia turn into loyal fans of their holiday buys after returning home.

Shipments of 16 beauty product categories -- including skin toners, lipstick and hair-care items -- reached 343.3 billion yen ($3.06 billion) for the January-August period, up 48.6% on the year, government trade statistics show. The full-year figure is expected to top records for a sixth straight year.

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