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While much of the world seeks a return to clean living, pesticide-free produce, free-range poultry and meat, Teruaki Nakamata, of Yakitori Souten, is already there, preparing and serving la creme de la creme — jidori chicken — for nearly 15 years.

In order for a chicken to qualify as Japan Agricultural Standard- (JAS) certified jidori, the birds, which are a cross between a native Japanese breed and an imported commercial breed, must have at least a 50 percent native bloodline. Free-range, organic and free of growth hormones, only 1 percent of Japan’s domestic chicken market meets the strict JAS requirements. Far less is expected from meigaradori (commercial broilers).

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