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Tsukiji fish market to get new home in late 2016 as Olympics beckon
The grounds of the planned Toyosu market in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where Tsukiji market will be relocated in 2016, on Dec. 17. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The long-anticipated relocation of Tokyo's Tsukiji market is being fast-forwarded to November 2016 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
EDITORIAL: Reduced tax rates for essentials not a good idea at...
A woman shops at a supermarket in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Nov. 6. The government is considering the introduction of reduced tax rates for food and other daily essentials to ease the tax burden on low-income consumers. (Keiichi Kitagawa)
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed the planned second stage of the consumption tax hike from October next year to April 2017, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its ...
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Hokkaido food fairs big moneymakers,...
The 51st “Hokkaido’s products and sightseeing” exhibition was inundated with shoppers when it opened at Yamakataya department store in Kagoshima on Nov. 6. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
Editor’s note: Hokkaido is attracting attention for its world-class food items. This series introduces readers to delicious foods from the northern Japanese island and the...
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Shops are trusted because...
Kenichiro Saito teaches how to prepare delicious fried eggs in the cooking facility “Tsukiji Shokumachi Studio” (Tsukiji food town studio) in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of ...
Tsukiji rice bowl shows area has more than just fresh fish
A Tsukiji-don rice bowl (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Despite the district’s fame for its fresh fish, stores in Tokyo's Tsukiji market have created a dish that includes a wide variety of local delicacies--except sashimi.
Consumers suddenly more wary of produce from Fukushima
Japan Agricultural Cooperative staff members inspect peaches produced in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Consumers are more reluctant than ever to buy products from Fukushima Prefecture, even though more than three years have passed since the nuclear disaster.
Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan ...
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
SENDAI--In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, many people snapped photos of their makeshift meals, as food became a precious and...
Zen-Noh to export ingredients for 'kaiseki' course to Singapore...
Frozen ingredients to be used in traditional Japanese "kaiseki" courses will be exported to Singapore. (Kenji Oyamada)
Japan's leading farm cooperative will begin exporting premium ingredients to be used in traditional "kaiseki" multicourse meals to Japanese restaurants overseas.
VOX POPULI: How grateful are we for the food that we eat?
Children say “itadakimasu” at the beginning of a school lunch at Shichigahama Elementary School in Shichigahama, Miyagi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Young Shinobu Sakamoto was ashamed of his father's job, which was to slaughter beef cattle at a food processing center. When Shinobu was asked about his father's line of work...
EDITORIAL: Food security policy should be more diversified
Farmers plant rice in Kiyama, Saga Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate for fiscal 2013 stood at 39 percent on a calorie basis, remaining unchanged for the fourth consecutive year. There is no prospect for the...
ICJ ruling darkens future for Japanese whale meat businesses
A dish of fried whale meat is served at a restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Once-prosperous Japanese businesses handling whale meat have been forced to shut down or change their strategies following the International Court of Justice’s effective ban...
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Spicy Shimonoseki sauce brings back old...
Shimonoseki Sauce is available in three varieties. From left, "tonkatsu" sauce for deep-fried pork cutlets, Japanese-style Worcestershire sauce and curry-flavored sauce. (Chae-soo Choi)
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated...
Brawl involving animal activists reported at Chinese dog-eating...
An animal rights activist holds on to a dog as a vendor demands 400 yuan (6,500 yen, or $64) for the animal in Yulin city, southern China, on June 20. (AP Photo)
SHANGHAI--Animal lovers clashed with local residents celebrating an annual dog-eating festival in China’s southern city of Yulin on June 21, state-media said.
Japanese eels listed as endangered species; restaurants fear the...
Eels are grilled at the Chibaya restaurant in Tokyo’s Taito Ward on June 12. (Hikaru Uchida)
The Japanese eel has been named an endangered species on an international conservation list, raising fears for the future of the delicacy that has been enjoyed in Japan since...
EU to begin imports of Kobe beef in June
A block of Kobe beef to be exported to Hong Kong for the first time is pictured in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The European Union will allow imports of Japan's famed "wagyu" beef, including the hugely popular Kobe beef, in June, according to sources.
PHOTO: Children marvel at their soon-to-be lunch on food...
Children at the Yosui day-care center gaze in wonderment as a chef prepares their lunch of fresh tuna. (Nobufumi Yamada)
WAKAYAMA--In an event designed to teach children to be grateful for their food, preschoolers in this city’s Nishihama district were treated to the spectacle of a chef...
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: 'Chanpuru' culture melds Okinawan, Mexican...
Several packs of ready-to-eat taco-seasoned ground meat are available in a box, right, or in a plastic package. (Chae-soo Choi)
Editor's note: This series showcases various kinds of "omiyage" (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce you to "must-buy" items that you can get at prefecture-operated...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Tragedy at every turn in struggle to...
North Koreans sell goods on the roadside in South Phyongan province in March 2013. (Provided by Asia Press International)
In the mass famine that shook North Korea in the 1990s, people took extreme measures to survive.
Japan's exports of farm, marine products hit record 550 billion...
Peaches grown in Fukushima Prefecture sold out in two days at a department store in Bangkok last August. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
Japan’s exports of agricultural, marine and other food products in 2013 soared 22.4 percent from the previous year to 550.6 billion yen ($5.4 billion), topping the previous...
Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...