Hair Loss Cure Japan: Fuji Maru Kagurazaka

Update: Please go to step 1 listed further below once this issue is resolved:


Based on current hair loss research trends, The US and Japan are the countries that are the most likely to come out with a hair loss cure. This lengthy post focuses on Japan. Please read through it in its entirety, since I cover the latest news from Shiseido (Japan) at the bottom.

Also, after reading ALL of this post’s content, if you appreciate Tokyo based Mr. Fuji Maru Kagurazaka (FMK) as much as I do, please do the following:

  1. Go to Japan’s top hair loss blogs and websites ranking page.
  2. Translate into English if needed via right clicking on your browser and selecting the translate option (or you might get a pop-up asking you as such).
  3. Please vote for him. As of today, Mr. Kagurazaka is ranked number 7. His entry is titled “Hair Loss Cure Japan” — see image further below. The other sites ranked above him are nowhere near as useful to our cause as is his site.
  4. I am not exactly sure how the voting works, but I asked Mr. Kagurazaka and he stated the following (although he does not care too much about his ranking): “There are two kinds of voting methods. When you click on the banner installed in the article, it is a weekly IN point. Clicking on the ranking page (I THINK HE MEANS THE LINK ITSELF) will result in a weekly OUT point. Fuji Maru Kagurazaka is the administrator’s name, I think that you can introduce. Readers can vote with just clicks without registration or installation.” Previously, he also replied to me that: “Clicking on the ranking banner at the top of the article, IN point 10 UP, clicking my blog on the ranking page, OUT point 10 UP, will.”

The image below is off poor quality because of my shrinking it, but it should still be obvious what I mean. If you can figure out a more simpler way in which the voting works, please post about it in the comments. Do not vote for someone else by mistake!

Hair Loss Japan

Fuji Maru Kagurazaka — Introduction

For the past  two years, a Japanese person (or anime or manga character) by the name of Fuji Maru Kagurazaka has been prolifically Tweeting and blogging about hair loss news and developments. Half of his blog articles and posts are summaries of news that he gets from other blogs such as this one. However, it is the other half of his posts where he truly shines in his originality.

I find his blog to be very unbiased. Moreover, he does not even seem to have any major regular advertisers and might be doing all this work for little to no compensation. One of the posts I read about FMK suggests that he has been involved in the online hair loss sector since the early 2000s, although I can’t find this information anymore.

Fuji Maru Kagurazaka
Mr. Fuji Maru Kagurazaka

Mr. Kagurazaka has a knack for finding unique information, especially in relation to developments in Japan. He also has very good coverage of work from other Asian countries such as South Korea and Taiwan. Unfortunately, his blog does not seem to load half the time when accessed from the US, so be patient. Some of his posts can also get lengthy and confusing after translation into English, but your patience will be rewarded.

You can also read all of Mr. FMK’s past comments on HLT. This should be done after you have had a few drinks for the most enjoyment.

FMK also has an older site on Geocities for those who are truly obsessed with hair related research.

Fuji Maru Kagurazaka’s Recent Highlights

Among Mr. Kagurazaka’s blog’s very unique news items and revelations from just this past one month include:

    • Both Dr. Takashi Tsuji and Shiseido are presenting at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Clinical Hair Restoration (November 24-25 2018). This will be huge.
    • Mr. FMK  discovered a new company from Taiwan called Energis Biomedical that is working on a hair loss treatment product called ENERGI-F701. They recently started Phase 2 clinical trials. Their 2017 youtube video suggests that the trials will occur in the US and Taiwan.
    • Mr. FMK has written a recent post about Rohto Pharmaceutical (Japan) presenting its latest findings regarding adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC) plus minoxidil (and their synergistic effect on hair growth and gene expression).

Mr. Kagurazaka also messages me on Twitter every now and again and provides some interesting views and information. For example, a while back he sent me an image of Zagallo (generic Japanese Dutasteride), which was approved to treat hair loss in Japan.

Zagallo -- Japanese Dutasteride

Cutting Edge Hair Loss Research in Japan

Two of the companies that are among the most likely in the world to come out with a hair loss cure are based in Japan. See my post on RIKEN/Dr. Tsuji and Shiseido’s hair research centers being located right next to each other in Kobe.

In years past, there was a Japanese commentator on this blog by the name of “nosyu” who provided us with important updates about hair loss news from Japan. However, he disappeared several years ago and I now rely on Mr. Fuji Maru Kagurazaka for a lot of my Japanese news.

Shiseido in Bio Japan 2018

Talking about Japan, it seems like there was an important conference over there these past two days called “BioJapan 2018”.

Shiseido is presenting there per something that I found online:

Shiseido at Bio Japan 2018

Moreover, on HLT, there is a crazy new forum thread in which a member claims to have been at this conference after a last minute decision to attend. Apparently Fidia Pharma (manufacturer of Trinov — formerly Brotzu lotion) is also presenting (see R-57 in that diagram). I doubt that Fidia will be presenting about its hair loss product, but this Brotzu/Trinov hype refuses to die.

Also of significance, Shiseido’s partner Replicel (Canada) made this useful comment on Twitter a few days ago.

Update: Replicel’s latest press release. Key Quote:

“With sufficiently positive data from the RCH-01 clinical study in Japan, Shiseido may be in a position to launch the product in Japan for the treatment of patients with androgenic alopecia.”

Some other interesting news from Shiseido:

— Shiseido is now embracing English as its in-house workplace language. A majority of the company’s sales occur outside of Japan.

— Shiseido is tackling neck wrinkles with Retinol. A number of readers use Retinol (Vitamin A1) in combination with Minoxidil for better scalp absorption and hair growth results. Note that there are significant possible side effects that can occur from using Retinol regularly.

38 thoughts on “Hair Loss Cure Japan: Fuji Maru Kagurazaka”

  1. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    I would like to share information with you.
    I will reply if there is a question.
    Thank you very much.

    May God bless your scalp!

  2. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    Picasso, 21st century, Mr. Toccata, it’s been a long time.
    I am glad that you are healthy.
    Please click on the banner at the top of every article of my blog post.
    Thank you very much.

    May God bless your scalp!

  3. That phase 1 results for that taiwanese usa trial drug looks bad. Barely any hair growth. They shouldn’t call that a cure or a mix of Rogaine and Propecia. They should just discontinue their trial. Even brotzu lotion has better results than that. Sorry for being pessimistic but the pictures say it all for that potential drug. I’m still hopefully for tsuji, sm, follica hopefully with no more delays next year. I agree, whatever happened to kerastem?

  4. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    Dear Mr. AK2

    Thank you for the information.

    Previously, could you browse the blog screen neatly?

    It is unknown whether it is a temporary problem.

    I understood that using the translation function greatly collapses the layout.

    I am writing in full Japanese.

    In my browser, it will look like this.

    https://blog-imgs-94.fc2.com/h/a/i/hairlosscure100/Hair-Loss-Cure-JAPAN-blog-home-page-Japanese-version-2018-10-16.jpg

    I also contact the FC 2 blog about problems that can not be accessed and not displayed.

    About access from overseas
    https://request.fc2.com/en/request/9597

    I am also requesting about blogging English.

    About Englishization of blog
    https://request.fc2.com/en/request/9413

    I would like to resolve this problem at an early date.

    Is it displayed outside the United States?

    please tell me!

    May God bless your scalp!

  5. I know this might sound like, and indeed be, a terribly ignorant comment, but I feel like Replicel has turned into Histogen,

    Just confused, muddled and un-clear as to what exactly they have, what it does, how it does it and crucially, when we can have it!

  6. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    Is my blog currently loaded in the United States?

    May God bless your scalp!

  7. No Mr. Fuji .. why never loads? I saw it before and liked it very much. Please interview Dr. Tsuji and Shiseido for us balding suferrers!!

    1. Brotzu/Trinov out soon. Shiseido presenting on hair, which is rare and a pleasant surprise. See bottom section of this post. Tsuji also presenting in November conference.

  8. So this is kinda strange, I sense confidence from Replicel but at the same time it feels as if they’re not sure their half of the work is good enough to ensure Shiseido is going to follow through with a launch. Then I have to remember that these guys are trying to sell stock so leading ppl on is normal. O well we’ll all see how the next few weeks go

  9. Hey Admin.. Quick question about Trinov.. What carrier will be used for penetration.. Please don’t let it be toxic PG..

    1. Looking more encouraging now that Shiseido is presenting on hair regeneration. Usually, they focus on shampoos etc…as they are a cosmetics company.

  10. I use sisheido for face moisturizer. It’s good stuff:) Now let’s see if they can stop hair loss once and for all. Lol. I’m waiting to hear about SM phase 3 trial start date. That will be more exciting than sisheido for us USA citizens. It will be here for us to buy and not travel to Japan to be on a wait list .

  11. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    Thank you!
    Popularity blog ranking 1st in ranking.
    It is thanks to administrators and readers.

    May God bless your scalp!

  12. I’m surprised to see that we still come to look at this blog hoping to read that a cure has finally been found … we are still so far away :( and we all know it

  13. 神楽坂さん,

    Just wanted to mention I do not have any issues accessing your blog in the south-east US (or any other FC2 service for that matter). Access issues may be related to each user’s Internet service provider.

    Thank you very much for your blog covering hair loss!

  14. Hello! I am Fuji Maru Kagurazaka.
    I live in Tokyo, Japan. Thank you.

    Dear Mr. Glassesman

    Thank you for the information.
    I’m relieved to hear that.
    In future “Hair Loss Cure JAPAN” Thank you.

    May God bless your scalp!

  15. Does anyone have any information on what Shiseido presented at Bio Japan this last month?

    Also any information on Replicel’s relationship with Shiseido./

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