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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 […]

Japan To Build 22 New Coal Power Plants, Blatantly Ignoring Climate Risk

4 Mins Read Perhaps one of the most damaging consequences a decade after the haunting Fukushima nuclear disaster forced Japan to close all but one of their nuclear power programs, the country is now planning to build up to 22 new coal-burning facilities within the next five years. This is receiving backlash from both residents who live near […]

Japan To Transform Fukushima Into Renewable Hub, But Activists Skeptical

3 Mins Read The northeast region of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan is set to become the country’s renewable energy hub. The latest project, which is sponsored by the state-owned Development Bank of Japan and Mizuho Bank, seeks to transform Fukushima, the scene of the triple meltdown of the nuclear power plant in 2011, into a centre that will […]

OPINION: Marie Kondo’s New Online Store Represents Everything That’s Wrong With Our Consumer Culture

5 Mins Read Marie Kondo selling useless things online sparks no joy for our planet. Marie Kondo, the pint-sized Japanese personality that achieved global fame including a New York Times bestselling book and a Netflix show, has launched an online store selling branded lifestyle products. After becoming a global phenomenon thanks to KonMari, her decluttering philosophy that advocates […]

Digital Food Revolution: Japanese Startup Open Meals Is 3D-Printing Sustainable Sushi

3 Mins Read Japanese future foods startup Open Meals is developing technology for 3D-printed food made from sustainable ingredients that can be transported all over the world. The company has managed to create made-to-order pixelated printed sushi dubbed “8-bit sushi”, which will be debuting in a Tokyo restaurant Sushi Singularity by 2020. This marks the world’s first standardised […]