• 2019.09.11中国語(簡体字・繁体字)および韓国語翻訳者募集中


  • 2017.03.24JOB POST (freelance, working at home, foreign residents are welcomed)

    COSMETICS TRANSLATOR (Japanese to English)
    Requirement: A native English speaker who has a good command of English grammar as well as reading skill of Japanese. (TOEIC950-, Nihongo Kentei 1st grade)
    Task: In charge of JAP-ENG. Fee will be negotiated depending on the skill (3.5-6@1 Japanese letter, also depending on due date)
    Required to have knowledge of skincare, makeup and hair care, etc.

FRE&COS LLC. What we are

Cosmetics Translation × Pharmaceutical Law Consulting ×     
Marketing Support + α = FRE&COS Most of us are the ex-staff of Japanese famous cosmetics companies and we know the market.We are the specialists of not only in cosmetics translation but also marketing, trading, and creative.

What makes importing & selling cosmetics difficult in Japan?

In Japan, import and sales of cosmetics are strictly regulated under Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law (薬機法, the PMD Act hereinafter) and other relevant laws. Because these laws are different from those in other countries, what you can say in your country may not be able to be said in Japan. For example, such claims as anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and anti-wrinkles around the eyes are not allowed for cosmetic products in Japan.
WTherefore, when we FRE&COS translate product information and/or website contents from English/Chinese to Japanese, we never simply convert the languages but always modify the contents to meet the Japanese PMD Act and relevant laws, which you cannot expect from other consulting/translation firms.

Furthermore, you will have to go through numerous documentation works before starting a cosmetic business in Japan, probably a lot more than you might think, all in conformance with the complicated Japanese regulations.
We handle various documentation and translation works regarding cosmetics business from product information on package, website, and promotion tools to trading documents and legal documents like a contract with a Japanese retailer, sales agent, and/or manufacturer.
For everything you need to know and prepare, we can support you.


Support for Cosmetic Business in Japan: 1st step

For those interested in importing and selling cosmetic products in Japan, we provide the following services to check conformance with Japanese laws and regulations as the first step.

Conformance check for each ingredient in the product (JPY5,000 per product excluding tax)
Products sold as cosmetics in other countries may be categorized in pharmaceuticals, quasi-drugs, or general merchandise other than cosmetics under the Japanese laws, and applicable laws or articles are different from each other. In any case, a conformity check should be done in advance regarding prohibited or restricted ingredients.
Quality evaluation test of the product itself (fee depends on the work volume.)
Quality evaluation for actual products, such as heavy metal and microbial tests, will be done by external testing laboratories.

In order to proceed with these conformance checks and quality evaluation tests, we require you to submit detailed information about the formulation, such as the composition of ingredients and MSDS, and about the package such as quality test results and material description provided by the manufacturer, as well as the copy of their national license/certificate.

To do the quality evaluation test, we have to prepare and submit products’ technical information in Japanese to the test laboratories. For the tests and document preparation, the brand holder is required to provide us with at least 5 sets of actual product samples for each product. As for the cost estimation and duration of the quality evaluation test, which usually takes about 1-3 months, we will inform you after checking the documents and samples provided.

If you are interested, please contact us from “Inquiry” and provide us with necessary information such as information on the product(s), brand holder* (your company), and original manufacturer (if different from the brand holder). *Your company must be the brand holder.

If the product passes the check as above, then the second step can be taken. However, in the case of failure, i.e., the formulation or the package/container did not conform to the Japanese regulation, we would nevertheless be able to propose alternative measures to proceed.


Support for Cosmetic Business in Japan: 2nd step

Even if the product has passed the conformance check, you cannot import and sell the product attached with labeling, which has been simply translated into Japanese. In order to import and sell cosmetics, you have to go through various registration and approval processes. For example, a "Japanese cosmetics manufacturing and sales license” holder, who is to be legally responsible for the quality of the products, should be specified, and its name must be printed on the label.

We do not hold a "Japanese cosmetics manufacturing and sales license”; therefore, we cannot import and sell cosmetics. However, we can help you prepare the legal documents required to obtain the license and approval. In addition, an Administrative Scrivener Office affiliated with us is able to act as your legal agent.

For more details, please contact us from “Inquiry”.
Please be advised that in order to achieve success in the cosmetic business in Japan, it is extremely important for everything about the product, including formulation, package, labeling, advertisement, to conform to the Japanese laws and regulations. Please do not forget that we are always here to help you.


Company information

Company Profile

Company name FRE&COS LLC.
#202 3-2-2 Utsubo-honmachi, Nishi-ward, Osaka-city, Osaka, JAPAN
TEL&FAX 06-6584-2054
COO Maria, Takako ENOMOTO


Translation Staff JAP/ENG/CHIN(Traditional and Simplified Chinese)/Korean/Thai/Vietnamese
19 translators including native English/Chinese/Korean/Thai speakers and license holder of Cosmetics the PMD Act Management
Copy Writer 2 copy writers for JAP/ENG copy writing

As of Oct. 2021


Shiseido Co., Ltd., ettusais co ltd., Aesop Japan K.K., Beauty Garage Co., Ltd., Plus 64 Marketing (NZ), Sasy n Savy Pty Ltd. (Australia) *excluding those who do not want to disclose the company name and the clients we serve them via PR agency/trading company.


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