This science news video is one of the most complete rundowns of the Japanese research I’ve seen. It gives a long report about both the Shiseido/Replicel research, which involves inducing miniaturized follicles to regrow, and the Riken/Organ Tech/Kyocera work (based on Dr. Tsuji’s research), which is about creating new follicles…
Unfortunately, it says Dr. Tsuji’s work won’t be ready for “about 10 years” – but his work combining epithelial stem cells and mesenchymal (DP) cells is being utilized now by Riken/Kyocera, for commercial release in 2018 or so. I don’t understand the discrepancy there.
Note this video, which was produced by the Japanese government broadcaster NHK, doesn’t mention any of the names of private companies… just “a major cosmetics company” (obviously Shiseido), etc. I think they have some kind of policy that a state broadcasting agency can’t appear to run commercial advertising.
There’s also a report on culturing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to generate “immature” cells (similar to mesenchymal cells) to generate new hair follicles within the skin. And they report on the latest cutting-edge work at Yokohama National University.