Tsunami-hit shop has salty sweets

Feb 10, 2014

Tsunami-hit shop has salty sweets

A confectioner whose shop was destroyed by tsunami from the March 2011 mega-quake off Tohoku is targeting the Valentine’s Day market with a chocolate flavored by sea salt from the damaged area. Cleauventerre, based in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, tops its Moshio Chocolat with sea ...

Swiss chocolatier opens Gunma line

Nov 19, 2013

Swiss chocolatier opens Gunma line

by Elaine Kurtenbach

The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition. Zurich-based cocoa and chocolates maker Barry ...

Two Japanese chocolatiers win awards in Paris

Nov 1, 2013

Two Japanese chocolatiers win awards in Paris

Hironobu Tsujiguchi and Sadaharu Aoki were among the recipients of the highest awards at the Salon du Chocolat global chocolate fair in Paris, the world’s largest event of its kind. Tokyo-based Tsujiguchi, 46, and Paris-based Aoki, 45, were among 12 chocolatiers Thursday to win ...

In Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentine's

Feb 15, 2013

In Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentine's

Women packed stores Wednesday to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for all the men in their lives — partners, friends and bosses — while the men sat back with nothing expected in return. The traffic in Japan is all one-way on Feb. 14, with men ...