Japan is on the menu for U.S. restaurant chains

Apr 14, 2015

Japan is on the menu for U.S. restaurant chains

A handful of U.S. casual dining chains are planning to move into the Japanese market, counting on not just the domestic base of customers but also a rising number of foreign visitors in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Menus offered by these ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. likely to shut down sardine fishing on West Coast

Fisheries managers on the U.S. West Coast will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market. Fishermen are resigned to ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Apr 2, 2015

Coffee gains ground with health experts

Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated. Multiple studies published worldwide in recent years have concluded that coffee can be ...

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Mar 31, 2015

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Growers are vying to become the nation’s top strawberry brand as demand rises at home and abroad, and amid efforts to promote local produce and stimulate prefectural economies. Often bought as a gift for weddings, birthdays or parties, strawberries can command high prices in ...

Mar 31, 2015

McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April

A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald’s plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting in April. The firm said in a statement that the move is in response to customers who have said they’d ...

Mar 30, 2015

Japan to play up safety of food products at Milan expo

The government will use Expo Milano 2015 in Italy to highlight the safety of Japanese food products, including those from Fukushima Prefecture, according to official representative Tatsuya Kato. “I want to use the expo as an opportunity to correct any wrong perceptions or information,” ...

Mar 27, 2015

Moldy cupcakes trigger recall at Tokyo Disneyland

Oriental Land Co., operator of Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, announced a recall Thursday of cupcakes sold at the park after receiving claims they were moldy. The firm said it will recall 699 boxes of Cup Cheesecakes bearing a large Mickey Mouse ...

Italy plates up Neapolitan pizza for UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2015

Italy plates up Neapolitan pizza for UNESCO listing

Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Italian media reported late Thursday. The Italian National Commission for UNESCO decided to recognize “the art of Neapolitan pizza makers” in tribute to their culinary skills. The list ...