Masanao Okuda

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New challenges for the Japanese cheese market

Food & Drink Dec 29, 2018

New challenges for the Japanese cheese market

With the Japanese cheese market facing an imminent threat from imports due to multilateral free trade pacts, a mom and pop factory in Hokkaido is striving to offer quality products that can compete with Europe's best. Ryota Kikuchi, who opened his cheese factory, Chikap, with ...

Animation studios seek rural inspiration

National Jun 11, 2009

Animation studios seek rural inspiration

TOKUSHIMA — Some animation producers are exchanging the stress of Tokyo for the inspiration of rural scenery — and regional economies are benefiting. Tokyo-based ufotable Inc. opened a new studio on the fourth floor of a building along a river in the city of Tokushima ...