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10 Reasons Eating Fish and Seafood Is Bad for Your Health and the Planet

7 Mins Read From biodiversity loss to more frequent natural disasters and rising global temperatures, our planet is now at an important crossroads. In the face of this global crisis, lessening our impact on the limited environmental resources we have left requires careful consideration of our consumption choices. Reducing seafood intake is one of the key ways you […]

Japan Sets Up Plant-Based Labelling Rules To Remove Vegan Industry ‘Shackles’

3 Mins Read Japan is establishing plant-based labelling rules to remove hurdles for the country’s vegan food industry. In a press conference, government minister Taro Kono described the lack of guidelines as a “shackle” for the industry’s development, and also alluded to possible clarifications about novel cell-based proteins further down the line.  Japan is moving ahead to establish […]

7 Japanese Words You Need To Be Living Your Life By

4 Mins Read Have you been searching for a way to describe something you’ve felt, and just can’t pin down using the English language? We’ve definitely felt that way before. Luckily, there are some Japanese words that are just so relatable, and we are here to share them with you! Here are 7 Japanese words that seem to […]

Japanese Luxury Giant Takashimaya Debuts Large Scale Fashion Collection Made From Upcycled Materials From Its Own Supply Chains

3 Mins Read Takashimaya, one of the largest luxury department store chains in Japan, is embracing sustainable fashion with a new recycling initiative. Working with 15 brands for the campaign, the company is launching recycled fashion pieces across its high-end outlets and online store, and has plans to extend the program with 100 more brands in the future.  […]

Q&A w/ Chef Toshio Tanahashi: The Shojin Master On That Eleven Madison Park Menu, The Controversy Of Plant-Based & Why We Must Respect Plants

10 Mins Read Chef Toshio Tanahashi is a master in shojin ryori, one of the oldest culinary traditions in Japan. Based in Okinawa, the southernmost part of Japan, the renowned shojin chef, who trained under Zen buddhist monks, is famously known as a “vegetable whisperer” with a wealth of knowledge and experience about pure plant-based cuisine before it […]

Next Meats To Build Solar-Powered Vegan Protein Factory and R&D Hub

2 Mins Read Japanese food tech Next Meats is set to build a new solar-powered factory and R&D hub dedicated to alt-protein production. The new plant, to be constructed in the hometown of one of the co-founders of the brand, will boost its production capacity to meet demand. Next Meats says it will also help lower retail costs […]

Japan’s CulNet Consortium: New Open Innovation Platform For Cell-Based Meat & Materials

3 Mins Read Japanese cultivated protein startup IntegriCulture recently launched its CulNet Consortium, an open innovation platform dedicated to cellular agriculture. With twelve companies on board, the platform aims to accelerate and scale cell-based solutions across the meat, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and materials industries.  IntegriCulture says its new open innovation consortium has “moved into full swing” with eleven other […]

Next Meats & IKEA Japan Partner To Debut Plant-Based Gyudon Beef Curry

3 Mins Read Tokyo-based food tech Next Meats is collaborating with home furnishing giant IKEA Japan to debut a brand new plant-based dish to customers. The dish, made from IKEA’s plant-based curry and Next Meat’s flagship soy-based beef alternative, will be available in select IKEA stores in the country as part of a Sustainable Food Fair.  Partnering with […]

Japan ‘Healthy Junk Food’ 2foods Operator Launches Plant-Based ‘FoodTech Park’ Retail Concept In Tokyo

3 Mins Read Tokyo-headquartered wellness company TWO Inc has just launched its new “healthy junk food” concept to offer Japanese consumers nutritious plant-based offerings. The brand, 2foods, will be opening three new retail outlets in the Japanese capital Tokyo to cater to the rising numbers of plant-forward, ethical and conscious consumers.  The new “healthy junk food” brand 2foods […]

Novel Cell Ag Tech: Tokyo Scientists Develop New Process To Culture ‘Millimetre-Sized Chunks Of Meat’

4 Mins Read Researchers from the University of Tokyo have come up with a novel way to cultivate “millimetre-sized chunks of meat” by stacking and fusing together cultured beef cells. Their innovation marks another step forward in the race to develop sustainable cell-based proteins that resemble whole muscle cuts of animal meat without the need for slaughter.  In […]

Green Monday Launches OmniMeat In Japan As Plant-Based Takes Off Across Asia

3 Mins Read OmniMeat, the flagship plant-based pork mince product developed under Hong Kong-based Green Monday’s food tech arm OmniFoods, has just launched in Japan. It will be available across eight outlets and chains across the country, as well as via foodservice in a number of restaurants, in yet another expansion of Green Monday’s global presence amid surging […]