Japan

Farmers fear the market will become swamped with imports

Far East digest

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

By RJ Whitehead

In a move to placate farmers worried about the impact of increased imports as a result of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, Japan will be allowed to return its beef and pork tariffs to previous levels if imports jump.

低プリン体がトレンドの日本で明治がPA-3ヨーグルトを開発

乳製品

低プリン体がトレンドの日本で明治がPA-3ヨーグルトを開発

By Mark Astley (マーク・アストレイ)

痛風と低プリン体ダイエットへの意識が高まる中、イノベーションに励むのは日本の大手ビール会社にとどまらず、国内最大手の乳製品メーカー、明治をも巻き込んだ。4月、明治乳業(本社東京)は、プリン体を代謝することが知られているプロバイオティクス(善玉菌)を含む一連のヨーグルト製品PA-3を日本市場に投入した。

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Peptan collagen shows skin health benefits from within

By Stephen Daniells

Oral supplementation with collagen peptides may boost skin hydration by almost 30%, according to data from two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials on Asian and Caucasian women with different skin types.

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

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The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

By Nick Miles, IGD Retail Analysis

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to research carried out by UK-based IGD Retail Analysis.This...