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For Aya Takada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan's milk revival

Oct 6, 2016

Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan's milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry, one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’s milk output tumbled over two decades, touching a 30-year low ...

Why Japanese will pay a fortune for luxury chocolates

Jun 3, 2016

Why Japanese will pay a fortune for luxury chocolates

Naoko Otsuka didn’t think twice about paying the equivalent of $23 for 141.7 grams of chocolate. The dark brown slivers of sweetness weren’t just a treat, the Japanese homemaker says, but an opportunity to learn more about a superfood. The six bars Otsuka bought ...

Miyazaki sturgeon farm serves up export-ready caviar

Feb 5, 2016

Miyazaki sturgeon farm serves up export-ready caviar

Amid the volcanic peaks and hot springs of southern Japan, something fishy is going on: caviar. And not just any caviar. This roe — kilogram upon kilogram of it — is the result of an aquaculture experiment that began with sturgeon imported from the ...

Textile firm places bet on Japan's ¥1.2 trillion health food market

Nov 19, 2015

Textile firm places bet on Japan's ¥1.2 trillion health food market

Faced with tightening competition for the textiles it’s been making for almost 100 years, Omikenshi Co. is trying to get into the health-food business, using its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles. The Osaka-based company’s best-selling product is rayon, a fiber made from ...

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...