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July 14, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Do middle-aged men smell worse than everyone else? Shoji Nakamura, chief perfumer with Japan's exclusive cosmetics firm, Shiseido, certainly thinks so. And he's out to change that. Nakamura, whose million-dollar nose is reputedly able to distinguish among some 2,000 different odors, says he first noticed a distinctive smell among middle-aged and older men in 1987 and spent the next decade thinking about it. "I'm very interested in body odor," he says.
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July 14, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Do middle-aged men smell worse than everyone else? Shoji Nakamura, chief perfumer with Japan's exclusive cosmetics firm, Shiseido, certainly thinks so. And he's out to change that. Nakamura, whose million-dollar nose is reputedly able to distinguish among some 2,000 different odors, says he first noticed a distinctive smell among middle-aged and older men in 1987 and spent the next decade thinking about it. "I'm very interested in body odor," he says.
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BUSINESS
August 7, 1989 | From Reuters
Japan's largest cosmetics maker is paying Harvard University $85 million to study human skin. The money will go to a research center planned by Harvard Medical School, Shiseido Co. said. The Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Cutaneous Biology Research Center will start operation next year in Boston with leading scientists in the fields of biology, immunology, and cell and molecular biology.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1989 | From Reuters
Japan's largest cosmetics maker is paying Harvard University $85 million to study human skin. The money will go to a research center planned by Harvard Medical School, Shiseido Co. said. The Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Cutaneous Biology Research Center will start operation next year in Boston with leading scientists in the fields of biology, immunology, and cell and molecular biology.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Shiseido Co., Japan's leading cosmetics maker, said today its Australian and Singapore subsidiaries are recalling six skin care products containing an acid that one Australian researcher linked to skin cancer. A Shiseido spokesman said, however, that urocanic acid has been used worldwide for a long time and has been approved as safe by Japan, the United States and many other governments. He said Shiseido does not plan to recall the products elsewhere.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2003 | From Reuters
A California Bankruptcy Court has cleared the way for a group of investors to acquire Fantastic Sams, one of the largest U.S. hair-care franchises, for slightly more than $17 million from its debt-laden parent, Opal Concepts Inc., bankers involved in the deal said Tuesday. Cheveux Acquisition, a group formed by four entrepreneurs who own the New England franchise rights for Fantastic Sams, won the bankruptcy auction in Santa Ana.
NEWS
March 4, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS
"Shopping for a Better World" has gone global. The 1992 edition includes ratings for Japanese and British companies that sell their products in the United States. They are similar to those given U.S. firms for the last four years. Japanese companies were surveyed by researchers for the Asahi Journal, which published a similar guide in Japan.
NEWS
March 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Olivia Wilde is on the cover of the April issue of Marie Claire, and she talks about how she fell in love with comedian Jason Sudeikis, whom she met at the finale of  “Saturday Night Live” in 2011, on their first date. [Marie Claire] Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy made custom couture costumes for Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour -- what WWD dubs “haute stage costumes.” The tour kicked off Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. [WWD] Speaking of Givenchy, Australian actor Simon Baker of “The Mentalist” is the celebrity face of the label's men's fragrance Gentlemen Only.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2010 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
North Hollywood nail polish maker OPI Products Inc., best known for its nail lacquers inspired by celebrities including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez, has been purchased by cosmetics giant Coty Inc., the companies announced Monday. This latest acquisition by privately held Coty, which last year sold $4 billion worth of fragrances and other beauty products, comes amid a flurry of growth by the brand. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. "It's time for a new era at OPI," said George Schaeffer, the company's co-founder and chief executive.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1991 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toyota Motor Corp., significantly expanding its presence in Southern California, on Thursday opened a sprawling new $46-million research and development center near its automobile sales headquarters in Torrance. The technical center, which will share the spotlight today with a greatly expanded Toyota car design facility that is opening in Newport Beach, is part of a $220-million investment to strengthen Toyota's U.S. research and development capability.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2006 | Bruce Wallace
When it comes to hair color in Japan, the new black is black. Riding the swell of patriotism in Japan, Shiseido Co. has rocked the market for women's shampoos and conditioners by introducing Tsubaki -- Japanese for camellia blossom -- with a marketing campaign that has some of Japan's hottest entertainers telling women that the route to beauty is to be, well, true to your roots. Ethnic roots in this case.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2002 | From Reuters
The department store saleswoman with a trigger finger on the perfume bottle may be a dying breed. Cosmetics sellers, like businesses including toys to sporting goods to casual clothes, have moved to homes of their own. Specialty cosmetics stores--including Estee Lauder Cos.' Origins, M.A.C. and Aveda--have boomed in recent years, threatening one of the bedrocks of department stores, analysts said.
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