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Asia Expansion: Plant-Based Dog Food Brand V-Planet Launches In Japan

2 Mins Read San Francisco-based vegan dog food brand V-planet has announced that its 100% plant-based kibble products are now available in Japan for the first time. Partnering with Wholefoods, Inc., a Kyoto-based distributor of plant-based foods, V-planet says that the launch marks a major step forward in making animal-free pet food options more widely available in Japan […]

Vegan Yakiniku: Japanese Firm Develops Plant-Based Barbecue Beef Steak

2 Mins Read There’s no doubt that Japan’s vegan scene is heating up, with the emergence of plant-based kombinis and big names like Muji and Mos Burger introducing new all-vegan options. But until now, there hasn’t been a vegan version of yakiniku, a popular Japanese barbecued or grilled beef dish typically served with rice. Japanese plant-based meat firm […]

Muji: Retail Giant Launches Shelf-Stable Plant-Based Meat Range Amid Vegan Demand Surge

3 Mins Read Japanese retail chain Muji has announced that it is releasing four new plant-based meat alternatives across its online and brick-and-mortar stores this month. The news comes amid the rising demand for plant-based foods among mainstream consumers, who are increasingly concerned about health, food safety and sustainability in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  Announced on […]

Japan’s Largest Chemical Giant Enters Plant-Based Meat Supply Chain

2 Mins Read Shin-Etsu Chemical, one of the world’s largest suppliers of plastics and chip-making materials and the biggest chemical company in Japan, has just made its first entry into the plant-based meat supply chain. It has developed a new binding agent, which can help improve the texture and structure of plant-based meat alternatives.  In search of a […]

IntegriCulture Gets US$2.2M Government Grant To Build Cell-Ag Facility

2 Mins Read Japanese food tech IntegriCulture Inc. has been awarded a ¥240 million (US$2.2 million) grant from the government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to build its commercial cellular agriculture facility. Constructing its commercial bioreactor will mark a huge step forward in the company’s goal to launch its first publicly available cultivated product.  The grant money […]

5 Signs That Japan’s Vegan Food Scene Is Having A Moment

3 Mins Read While the plant-based trend seems to have experienced a slower uptick in Japan, it looks like it’s now hitting the country in a major way. From vegan bakeries serving up dairy-free Japanese-style milk buns to 100% plant-based burger joints and an all-vegan konbini setting up shop, there’s no doubt that the movement is heating up […]

Muji Launches Furniture Rental Subscription Service With Work-From-Home Sets

2 Mins Read Japanese homeware retailer Muji is introducing a furniture subscription service as working from home becomes the new normal after months of the coronavirus pandemic. Launching this Friday (July 17), consumers in Japan will be able to rent furniture and interior items at selected stores through monthly or annual subscription plans. The retailer is scheduled to […]

Tokyo Burger Joint Goes 100% Vegan After Pandemic Wake-Up Call

2 Mins Read Great Lakes Tokyo, a burger restaurant in Tokyo, has recently revamped into a 100% vegan restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic. For restaurant owner John Penny, the decision was made after realising how the animal industry contributed to the current pandemic and will continue to drive the emergence of future health crises. Burger joint Great Lakes […]

Germany Bans Single-Use Plastic, Japan Begins Plastic Bag Charging Scheme

3 Mins Read Governments are beginning to take concrete action against plastic pollution. From Germany to Japan, new legislation is clamping down on single-use plastics as economies begin to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which has shifted greater attention towards sustainability for both human and planetary health.  Announced on Wednesday (July 1), the German Cabinet has agreed to […]

Japan Authorities To Set Regulatory Standards For Cultivated & Alternative Meat

3 Mins Read Cultivated and other alternative proteins will soon have rules drawn up by Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry. The announcement comes as food security concerns continue to loom large amid the coronavirus pandemic, on top of increasing awareness of the unsustainable nature of traditional livestock production.  Reported by The Yomiuri Shimbun in June, Japanese authorities […]

Japanese Plant-Based Startup Daiz Secures US$6M To Open Vegan Meat Factory

3 Mins Read Japanese food tech Daiz announced this month that it has raised ¥650 million (US$6 million) in a Series A funding round. The investment was led by Japanese state-backed fund A-Five and tech venture capital firm Mitsubishi UFJ Capital. Daiz will use the latest capital to open one of the biggest vegan meat factories in the […]

“The Onsen Experience”: New Travel Guide Book Into Japan’s Eco-Friendly Onsens For Your Next Sustainable Trip

3 Mins Read In a new wellness-focused travel guide, author and avid traveler Iris Law with local publisher Man Mo Media takes readers on a journey into Japan’s most beautiful and eco-friendly onsen ryokan accommodations. Titled The Onsen Experience: A Guide to Japan’s Hot Spring Sanctuaries, the 160-page book unlocks the history, culture and design behind Japan’s tradition-rich […]

Particle Accelerator Can Make Stronger Cherry Blossoms To Weather Global Heating

4 Mins Read By: Roku Goda Cherry blossoms have long been loved by Japanese and celebrated in poetry as harbingers of spring. In the early Heian Period (794-1185), Ariwara no Narihira penned a piece about how people became very excited every spring when the delicate pink flowers bloomed. This year’s cherry blossom viewing parties were drastically reduced after […]

MOS Burger Debuts New 100% Vegan Green Burger In Japan

2 Mins Read MOS Burger has become the first homegrown fast food chain in Japan to debut a 100% plant-based burger. Dubbed the Green Burger, Mos Burger developed the vegan dish in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reduce the carbon footprint of its menu offerings. While veganism has yet to become mainstream in […]

Japan’s Climate Plan Remains Unchanged Despite Rapid Global Heating

3 Mins Read Japan has recently published its plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions under their Paris Agreement commitments ahead of the United Nations climate talks this year, but it has been attacked by environmentalists who criticise the proposals as well behind what is necessary to limit global temperature rise. It comes as a number of activists fear […]

Umiki, The World’s First Ocean Fused Sustainable Whisky From Japan

3 Mins Read Umiki Whisky, the world’s first ocean fused whisky brand has recently been added to the portfolio of Japan’s leading premium alcohol exporter Yoshino Spirits Co. Made from pure ocean water in the blending process and finished in local Japanese pine barrels, Umiki comes with a smaller environmental footprint than traditional whisky. Yoshino Spirits Co., Japan’s […]

Japan Airlines To Serve Vegan Beyond Burgers On Select Flights Until May

3 Mins Read Japan’s national flag carrier line Japan Airlines will be serving vegan burgers using Beyond Meat’s plant-based patties on select routes between Tokyo and the United States. The vegan burger option will be available to first class passengers on the select flights, and the promotion will begin this month and last until the end of May […]