Tag - rice



Professor Hong Jin-kee poses with a bowl containing pink "meaty rice" at the Yonsei University in Seoul, where a team of South Korean scientists are injecting cultured beef cells into individual grains of rice in a process they hope could revolutionize how the world eats.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 17, 2024
'Meaty rice'? South Korean professor aims to change global protein
No animals were harmed in the creation of the dish, which looks like regular rice aside from its color.
Rice is responsible for about 10% of global methane emissions, due to the way it’s grown.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
May 9, 2024
Rice has a methane problem that a startup is promising to fix
Rice is responsible for about 10% of global methane emissions, due to the way it’s grown.
A pack of dietary supplements designated by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical as a functional food.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 30, 2024
Japan panel reviewing 'functional foods' label system
The system has been criticized for leaving it entirely up to functional food makers to guarantee the safety of their products.
Researcher Mercury Wong holds a rice plant on April 1.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Apr 30, 2024
Hong Kong team plants seeds to safeguard legacy grains
Scientists and farmers in Hong Kong are tending to local varieties of grain they say could be an important food source in the face of climate change.
A farmer plants seedlings in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture. Japan’s self sufficiency rate for rice is nearly 100%, compared with 38% for food overall, on a calorie basis.
Apr 28, 2024
Climate change, chalky grains and the risks for Japan’s rice farmers
As Japan’s rice farmers prepare for a new planting season, many will be hoping that this summer brings a reprieve from 2023’s brutal weather conditions.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical's headquarters in Osaka
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 11, 2024
Kobayashi Pharma troubles reverberate in Taiwan as firm assists with recall
Taiwan is the only place outside of Japan to have seen reports of people falling ill after consuming the company's beni kōji.
A worker stands on a pile of rice sacks as the other worker carries a sack of rice at the warehouse in Jakarta on Feb.13. Dry weather fueled by El Nino has led to a rice shortage and sent prices to record highs.
Apr 1, 2024
As El Nino bites, Indonesians struggle with record-high rice prices
Rice has been an integral part of Indonesian history and culture since ancient times, and is one of the country's most important agricultural commodities.
Health ministry officials and local authorities inspect a Kobayashi Pharmaceutical factory in Osaka on Saturday following reports of deaths and hospitalizations possibly linked to its red yeast rice dietary supplements.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 30, 2024
Kobayashi Pharma factory inspected amid red yeast rice pill scare
The factory in western Japan, which was making the ingredients of the supplements, shut down in December.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical President Akihiro Kobayashi (second from left) and other executives apologize for the deaths and other health damage associated with its dietary supplements, in the city of Osaka on Friday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 29, 2024
Kobayashi Pharma says blue mold compound may be cause of health problems
The beni kо̄ji red yeast rice dietary supplements are now linked to five deaths and 114 hospitalizations.
Packs of dietary supplements designated as functional food by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical. Consumer rights groups have for years argued that the functional food label is thin in scientific evidence and potentially harmful to health.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 29, 2024
Kobayashi Pharma scandal reignites debate on ‘functional food’ labels
The labels have been criticized for years over the lack of sufficient scientific proof of safety and efficacy accompanying their use.
An official from the city government's health department in Kahosiung, Taiwan, checks the shelves at a drugstore in the city on Wednesday regarding Kobayashi Pharmaceutical's products.
Mar 29, 2024
Kobayashi Pharma confirms fifth death linked to its supplements
The relationship between the deaths and the supplements remains unclear.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical's Osaka manufacturing facility in the city of Osaka on Wednesday
JAPAN / Science & Health / EXPLAINER
Mar 28, 2024
What we know so far about Kobayashi Pharma's supplement deaths
The Osaka-based drugmaker is finding itself under further scrutiny as the search to pinpoint the cause of the deaths continues.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical holds its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday in Osaka.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 28, 2024
Two more deaths linked to Kobayashi Pharma's red yeast supplements
The company has voluntarily recalled five of its products, including about 300,000 packages of its Beni Koji Choleste Help supplements.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical has announced a recall of its products.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 27, 2024
Concerns mount after two deaths linked to Kobayashi Pharma supplement
A government probe is being conducted to establish whether the supplement, which contains beni kо̄ji red fermented rice, led to the deaths.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling products containing beni kōji, including Beni Koji Choleste Help supplements.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 26, 2024
One dead after consuming Kobayashi Pharma's health supplements
The Osaka-based drugmaker is probing the incident to determine any causal link between the product's consumption and the individual's death.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling five products, including about 300,000 packages of Beni Koji Choleste Help
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 25, 2024
26 hospitalized after taking Kobayashi Pharma's health supplements
The company confirmed 20 additional hospitalizations by Sunday through a consultation line established over reports of kidney and other health problems.
Akihiro Kobayashi (left), president of major drugmaker Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, speaks to reporters along with other executives in Osaka on Friday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 24, 2024
Osaka drugmaker recalls dietary supplements linked to kidney disorders
The Osaka-based drugmaker announced Friday that, of the six hospitalized, two suffered symptoms serious enough to require temporary dialysis.
This simple bento recipe is perfect for meal prepping, school lunches and any other meal where you want maximum flavor for minimum effort.
Feb 25, 2024
Recipe: 'Rainbow' bento lunch box
The idea of making a bento every day can seem daunting, but there are a few tricks that you can add to your arsenal that will make the task go smoothly.
Food industry researchers and academics are hard at work formulating a new dictionary aiming to refine Japan's discourse over rice.
LIFE / Language
Feb 21, 2024
New dictionary to clear up sticking points over Japanese rice
By setting standards for common expressions that are often ambiguous, researchers hope to convey the "individuality" of products to consumers.
Katsuaki Kiyokawa, president of Potama Co., holds a pork and fried egg rice ball outside one of his stores in Fukuoka.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 5, 2024
The Okinawan Spam soul food sandwich that's on a roll
The story of Potama's success starts with a love story between a man from Osaka and an Okinawan woman who knew how to cook.


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