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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 ...

Seafood a sweet spot in Japanese exports as yen weakens

Oct 23, 2014

Seafood a sweet spot in Japanese exports as yen weakens

Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that is pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens. Food shipments increased every month this year through September as the yen fell 4 percent, putting them ...