food

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. ...
JAPAN'S WORLD KITCHEN: Traditional Edo Period Kaga fare featured...
From "Bushi no Kondate" (Courtesy of Shochiku Co.)
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
JAPAN'S WORLD KITCHEN: Foreign chefs to get visas to study...
Imad Saade of Lebanon, second from right, who studies at the venerable Kikunoi Honten Japanese-style restaurant in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward, cracks open a ginkgo nut in the kitchen as colleagues offer him encouragement. (Noboru Tomura)
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
Frozen food maker recalling 6 million packages over pesticide...
Maruha Nichiro Holdings President Toshio Kushiro, left, and Aqli Foods Corp. President Hiroshi Tanabe apologize during a news conference on Dec. 29. (Daisuke Shimizu)
A frozen food producer is recalling up to 6.3 million packages possibly tainted with pesticide after customers complained of strange odors emanating from the products.
Small Japanese firms find big business opportunities in Mongolia
Mongolians raise a toast with sake in a Japanese restaurant in Mongolia. (Provided by Global Development & Management Consultants Inc.)
SHISUI, Chiba Prefecture--Sake brewer Iinuma Honke Corp. is daring to try to change the drinking habits in the vodka-loving nation of Mongolia, pitching its mainstay Kinoene...
Documentary on daily life of Osaka butcher shop wins accolades
A scene from the "Tale of a Butcher Shop" (Courtesy of Aya Hanabusa)
A documentary film focusing on the daily routine of a family that runs a slaughterhouse and butcher shop is currently playing in Tokyo and Osaka after winning praise from...
Farm ministry's efforts key in 'washoku' being added to UNESCO list
A "washoku" chef teaches traditional Japanese cooking methods to students at Shoran Elementary School in Kyoto's Kamigyo Ward on Dec. 4. (Noboru Tomura)
Two years of steady groundwork and promotion by the agricultural ministry were influential ingredients in "washoku" (traditional Japanese cuisine) being added to UNESCO’s...
UNESCO designates ‘washoku’ intangible cultural heritage asset
Heihachi Sonobe, the head of the Kyo-Ryori Association, hangs a congratulation lantern Dec. 5 in Kyoto, after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization decided to list Japanese traditional “washoku” cuisine as an intangible cultural heritage asset. (Noboru Tomura)
BAKU, Azerbaijan--UNESCO formally decided to add traditional Japanese “washoku” cuisine to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list at a meeting of its Intergovernmental...
Sushi chef carves vegetables into masterful artwork
Carvings such as the turtle and the rabbit that Okitsugu Kado are holding in his palm take five minutes to make, while the pumpkin monster was a laborious project that exceeded five hours. (Nanako Ito)
In the skilled hands of Okitsugu Kado, a knife transforms vegetables into sculptural art so realistic, they're scary.
Japan food scandals cloud export hopes
A restaurant in the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo is one of many that admitted to food mislabeling. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shoppers browsing in supermarkets around the world would once have been reassured by a “Made in Japan” tag.