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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 ...

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 ...