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Health, Beauty Experts Targeting Global Growth

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Article - February 20, 2024

A company founded in 2000, Com Lab has established itself as a go-to supplier of health and cosmetics products in Japan – and is now seeking a five-fold increase in its international business.

“Our primary overseas focus is Asia, because a lot of people are using e-commerce in the region and people are quite young.”

Yasuyuki Komaki, President, Com Lab Co., Ltd.

A manufacturer that specializes in health and beauty products, Com Lab embraces the business principles that have allowed Japanese companies to remain regional leaders in the sector.

“We’re very detail-oriented in Japan, especially when you talk about end-to-end processes, from material procurement to the final product,” says Com Lab’s president, Yasuyuki Komaki.

“The quality of the raw materials that Japanese companies use is high, and the quality of the packaging tends to be very high, too. All you have to do is look at Japanese cosmetics containers to understand that the products are better.”

A flagship creation at Com Lab is the Osaka-based firm’s Dark Soap, which is rich in hyaluronic acid – a substance that keeps the skin moisturized.

“Humans actually create hyaluronic acid themselves so that they can retain water,” Mr. Komaki explains. “Peak production happens around 20, before decreasing over time. But having hyaluronic acid remain on the skin helps you to produce more – so if you continue using Dark Soap after 20, you can keep producing peak amounts of hyaluronic acid.”

Another major item in Com Lab’s portfolio of world-class products is the Gourmet Slim 70 dietary supplement, which boosts the body’s ability to regulate blood-sugar levels.

“This supplement can reduce glucose absorption by 70%,” Mr. Komaki says. “It can be essential to people who are at high risk of getting diabetes. This problem is not unique to Japan, either; people worldwide are at risk and need to pay attention to their blood-sugar levels.”

As a product with clear potential for international success, Gourmet Slim 70 is integral to Com Lab’s attempts to grow its global market presence, with Asia the chief target. “Overseas business accounts for around 10% of our overall sales at the moment,” Mr. Komaki says. “We’d like to raise this to 50%.”

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