Tag - diets



Workers prepare processed crickets at Hygente Technology in Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture, in November.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Apr 8, 2024
Next-gen protein sources explored as meat replacements in Tohoku
While proponents tout the benefits of edible insects and plant-based meat, getting consumers to change their eating habits remains an uphill task.
 Alli, which will be available from April 8, is expected to reduce fat stored around internal organs and prevent obesity-related diseases.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 5, 2024
Japan’s first over-the-counter anti-obesity drug to hit stores in April
The drug is expected to reduce fat stored around internal organs and prevent obesity-related diseases.
A woman grills a piece of beef at a barbeque restaurant in Yokohama. Greenhouse gas emissions from food amount to a third of all human-caused emissions.
Jan 28, 2024
The complicated balance between health and climate in the Japanese diet
In Japan, people with higher-emitting diets also tend to eat healthier, raising questions for the health- and environment-conscious consumer.
January may be the month of new diets, but it doesn't have to be a month of short tempers as a result.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 6, 2024
Your 2024 diet isn't a blank check to be hangry
The neologism combining "hungry” and "angry” has been around since at least 1956 and made it into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018.
Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
JAPAN / Science & Health / Longform
Dec 4, 2023
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago
Professor Takayuki Mifune and his team are hoping to understand, in minute detail, the culinary habits of our Japanese ancestors.
Turkey and other meat at a grocery store in Chicago
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Nov 26, 2023
Eat less meat is message for rich world in food’s net-zero plan
The global food systems’ road map to 1.5 Celsius is expected to be published by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization next month.
For some brides to be, all it takes is one online search for wedding dresses or bouquets to trigger a flood of targeted wedding ads to their accounts.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 25, 2023
For brides on social media, diet ads are becoming unavoidable
Whether it's searching for bridesmaid dresses or posting pictures of their engagement rings, brides' innocuous online activity leads to targeted ads.
A selection of injector pens for the Wegovy weight loss drug.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 21, 2023
New treatment for obesity to be covered by Japan's public insurance
The expansion of health care options comes amid concerns about the potential misuse of such drugs by healthy individuals for weight loss.
The shortage of a class of diabetes drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists is being driven in part by healthy people looking to use them for dieting purposes.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Nov 14, 2023
Japan tackles surge in off-label diabetes drug use for weight loss
Officials are aiming to ensure that the medications are prescribed for people with diabetes, and not for those seeking weight loss.
Ozempic is a drug for treating Type 2 diabetes that is now being used widely as an appetite-suppressing weight loss aid.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 9, 2023
Ozempic threat is spurring a slump in snack and beer stocks
Snack and beverage producers are most at risk, as well as purveyors of weight-management food products such as shakes and frozen meals.
A woman takes her meal alone in Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood. As the country ages, Japan's average caloric intake has been shrinking.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Oct 9, 2023
Downsizing dinner: Aging Japan is eating less
As older citizens' shrinking appetites lead to less on the plate, businesses are having to adjust to a new market.
Novo Nordisk' anti-obesity drug Wegovy
Aug 18, 2023
Insurers can’t avoid covering weight-loss drugs forever
Evidence is mounting that drugs like Wegovy not only help patients lose weight but also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 23, 2023
The personal chefs feeding today's global tours
Many tours for A-list artists now include a vegan chef and place a priority on physical and mental well-being as well as lessening environmental impact.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2023
The coming disruption of animal food production is almost here
It will be easier to persuade people to avoid meat from animals if they can eat meat and other animal products that taste like those they know but do not require raising animals.
Japan Times
People / 20 QUESTIONS
Jul 8, 2023
Azumi Yamanaka: 'You can have a colorful, fashion-conscious style while also being vegan'
A love for animals got Azumi Yamanaka to switch to a vegan lifestyle. She was delighted to discover the lifestyle had healthy side effects and was better for the planet.
Japan Times
May 17, 2023
High vegetable intake during pregnancy may reduce risk of atopic dermatitis in infants
The research team found that the risk of developing atopic dermatitis at 1 year of age was lower for infants whose mothers showed high concentration of lutein in their blood.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
To all those lab meat skeptics: Please, just stay out of the way
Europe is doing it again — stigmatizing scientific innovations, such as with lab-grown meat, that will be crucial to our future food supply.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
Obesity drugs for kids? Why new guidelines make sense
The American Academy of Pediatrics thinks drugs like Wegovy and Mounjaro could help teens with weight loss.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2023
Nippon Ham's plant-based seafood is first for major Japanese food manufacturer
Amid growing demand for marine resources, the company has developed a fried fish product resembling whitefish and a popcorn shrimp product mimicking real shrimp.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2023
Disappearing barbecues show global beef demand is under pressure
Even as inflation cools, all signs point to continued pressure this year, especially in some of the world’s most carnivorous nations.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?