Category Archives: Japan

Considerable Crop Damage in Hokkaido Island due to Typhoon Lionrock

Many of our Japanese customers have informed us that the passing of Typhoon Lionrock thru the Northern part of Japan last week left vast areas of agricultural land flooded. Hokkaido is one of the main agricultural areas in Japan and the damaged caused by Thyphoon Lionrock will generate shortages in supply of several agricultural products…

Cockroach Protein in Instant Noodles

Today we woke up with what some people call the “Mother of all Storms” hitting the Bay Area (San Francisco), flash flood warnings have been issued for most of the Bay Area and at least 37,000 families have lost power at some time during the day. We also learned that two Japanese companies, Maruka Foods…

Big Japanese Conglomerates looking for expansion into SE Asia

We found a really interesting article in the WSJ highlighting two things: The Japanese shrinking population is forcing its big corporations to look into other markets via JVs with established brands, in this case SE Asian established brands, to continue to bring revenue and fatten the bottom line. The next one is that we might…

Another Food Scandal Shakes Japan

Over a thousand people have taken ill all over Japan over the past month after consuming contaminated frozen food products manufactured by Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. at their Aqlifoods Corp unit, located at Gunma prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. While the Kyodo News agency pegged the figure at 1400, public broadcaster NHK indicated that at least…

Japan is on the brink of Disaster

I just read a really interesting article from John Mauldin at Business Insider. Mauldin states the following: “The recent volatility in the Japanese Markets is breathtaking but characteristic of what one should come to expect from a country that is on the brink of fiscal and economic disaster.” Not an easy one to digest especially…

Magical Mystery Eatery – Ogori Cafe in Japan

Ogori Cafe located in Kashiwa, a very nice town in Chiba is a restaurant with a twist. You order and pay. You receive what the customer in front of you ordered. Your order is given to the customer following you. Your order will be a complete surprise because you have no idea what the person…

Hold the Sashimi, Please…

I recently read an article in Time magazine concerning one of my favorite dishes, Toro Sahimi (Tuna). I love Toro Sashimi and every time I have the opportunity, I indulge myself with more than one piece of this Japanese culinary delicacy. There are however a few things I didn’t consider when savoring my delicious chunk…

Eat Locally, Think Globally, Japan Anime Created For MAFF

MAFF, the Japanese Ministry of Forestry, and Fishery, worried about Japan food imports and recent changes in diet that have caused numerous health problems is pushing for local production and becoming less reliant on imports.

Food Safety Poll

I found the following poll conducted by the Japan Youth Research Institute very intriguing. The poll indicates the following percent check for food safety: Chinese 41.6 percent South Koreans 19.9 percent Americans 17.5 percent Japanese 13.0 percent My question is how do they check for food safety? I have never seen a sticker or other…

China Japan Gyoza Incident

Japan Gyoza saga continues, were they tampered with? by whom? Chinese? Japanese? Yu Xinmin of the Ministry of Public Health says there is little chance that the methamidaphos was put into the product in China. Chinese officials are now leaning toward the conclusion that the gyoza was tampered with, but where? In a normal export…