Japan

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

By RJ Whitehead

Researchers in Japan have identified links between how palatable a taste is and blood circulation across different parts of the face—going some way to giving an explanation for the squinting mechanism caused by the taste of something bitter.

The Rice Bun debuts in the US

Japanese rice processor in $10m US debut

By Jenny Eagle

Shinmei Co. Ltd is investing more than $10m in a rice processing facility in California to produce a gluten-free ‘Rice Bun’, an alternative to the burger bun, in the US.

Wine for cats launched in Japan

Wine for cats launched in Japan

By Mark ASTLEY

Cat lovers need never drink alone again thanks to Japanese pet supplement company B&H Lifes, which has developed a wine product for felines.  

Glaxo sells Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory for £1.35bn

SOLD! GSK exits drinks market

Glaxo sells Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory for £1.35bn cash

By Shane STARLING

Ever-expanding Japanese beverage behemoth, Suntory, is the new owner of Lucozade and Ribena, which GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has sold for £1.35bn (€1.6bn/$2.11bn) as it admits defeat in its internationalisation plans and trains its focus on its pharma activities.

Japan is awaiting further in-depth info on extent of GMO wheat in US before it opens imports

Japan calls for more GMO info before lifting US wheat ban

By Kacey Culliney

Japan will not lift its ban on US Western White wheat imports until the American government provides detailed information on the extent of unauthorized genetically modified wheat found in Oregon, a government official says.

Rushi, J-Oil and Toyota form edible oil super-corporation in India

M&As

Rushi, J-Oil and Toyota form edible oil super-corporation in India

By RJ Whitehead

Ruchi Soya, one of India's biggest food companies has entered into a joint-venture with J-Oil, Japan's leading edible oil business, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the global trading firm. The aim of the partnership is to develop and manufacture...

900 arrested in latest Chinese meat sting

900 arrested in latest Chinese meat sting

By RJ Whitehead

China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced the arrest of 904 suspects during a three-month campaign to prevent meat-related crime, such as the sale of rat and fox under the guise of beef and mutton.

Nestlé Japan 100 years on: wasabi KitKats and nutrition on wheels

Company update

Nestlé Japan 100 years on: wasabi KitKats and nutrition on wheels

By RJ Whitehead

A great deal has changed in Japanese society since Nestlé opened the doors to its Far East division for the first time 100 years ago. And as the company moves into its second century, Japan now faces a raft of issue brought about by a chronically ageing...

Japanese firm seeks EU probiotic approval

Japanese firm seeks EU probiotic approval

By Jane Joseph

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for views on an application from Japan’s Miyarisan Pharmaceutical for European Union Novel Foods status for a probiotic strain.

PS supplements show ADHD benefits in children: RCT data

PS supplements show ADHD benefits in children: RCT data

By Stephen DANIELLS

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from daily supplements of phosphatidylserine (PS), according to a new study from an international team of researchers.

Japan’s ethoxyquin regulation change starting to hit shrimp exporters

Japan’s ethoxyquin regulation change starting to hit shrimp exporters

By RJ Whitehead

Last year, FoodNavigator-Asia reported that new Japanese regulations governing “acceptable” levels of the antioxidant ethoxyquin in fishmeal was destined to become a grave issue for shrimp exporters. Exactly six months later, the effects of this policy...

Guests dine on landmark research at new gourmet restaurant

Kinki tuna

Guests dine on landmark research at new gourmet restaurant

By RJ Whitehead

Western Japan's Kinki University will soon open a restaurant in downtown Osaka specialising in blue-fin tuna and other types of fish that have been artificially raised from eggs at its aquaculture facilities.

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

Analysis

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

By RJ Whitehead

China will be a key indicator of the state of the global pork market in 2013 after the world, according to Rabobank. Nevertheless, China’s pork producers will still face a challenging year in 2013.

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

By RJ Whitehead

After a decade of rising profits on the back of Chinese demand for coal and iron ore, Japan's two biggest biggest trading companies are shifting focus to food as bulk commodity prices and demand continue to wane.