I traveled home to the USA from Japan today. On the flight, I mentioned to my Japanese friends that I was planning to buy some Shiseido products when I got home. They both agreed that I should have bought Shiseido in Japan. They said that Japan had higher quality standards for ingredients. And products made in Japan were often different when purchased in other countries. That it was always better to purchase beauty products in Japan. Especially Shiseido, as it was a Japanese company. They both admitted they didn’t know this for sure but had always been told this. Does anyone know this for sure? Is it possible that the standards between the USA version and the Japanese version would be that different? It’s possible for me to wait till I return to Japan to purchase the product. It’s just a bummer.