food labels japan
Attempting to read and understand food labels in Japan can be a tricky thing. Even when being able to read hiragana, katakana and some kanji, the majority of the food labels are still confusing to many consumers -- EVEN JAPANESE !!  Japan-based blogger Ashley (Surviving Japan) wrote this awesome guide on how to read food labels in Japan which we are now sharing with you. Enjoy to realize what you're eating in Japan! Thanks Ashley !!


 
 
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FOODeX JAPAN is the largest annual food and beverage trade show in Asia and has been a highly successful trade event since its debut in 1976 serving not only Japan’s $700 billion food market but many lucrative Asian markets. Over 75,000 professional visitors attend FOODEX 2013, including over 6,500 from Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Location: Tokyo, Makuhari Messe Chiba Exhibit Profile: Food, beverage products Visitor Profile: Supermarkets, hypermarkets, wholesalers, grocery stores, food service hospitality, fast food chains, convenience stores, distributors, importers, agents and brokers No. of Exhibitors: 2,500 producers from 73 countries


 
 
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New research from McKinsey suggests that Japan’s online grocery market is likely to grow rapidly over the next few years, creating opportunities for supermarket retailers (and, to some degree, fast-moving consumer goods manufacturers). Back in 2009 already Japan’s general merchandise stores and supermarkets comprised an Internet grocery retail market estimated at ¥28.4 billion ($280 million) of which Ito-Yokado accounted for 45 percent and Seiyu (Wal-Mart) another 31 percent


 
 
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Convenience store chain operator Lawson Inc. has announced it will launch an online shopping site with Yahoo Japan Corp. in mid-January. Lawson intends to boost the number of items available on the "Smart Kitchen" site to about 23,000, equivalent to the lineups of large supermarkets, by late March.


 
 
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Japan is the country with the highest number of vending machines per capita, and you can just about get anything and everything from a vending machine. Apart from the usual physical sustenance that we are used to such as drinks and food, along comes this particular vending machine that takes the place of the chicken – by dispensing eggs, of course.


 
 
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The new helmsman of supermarket chain Seiyu GK, a wholly owned unit of Walmart Japan Holdings G.K., says he intends to expand the network of Seiyu stores in Japan by deviating from the policy of focusing on closing down unprofitable stores.


 
 
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In the field of displays, LCD, Plasma, and Organic EL are well-known types of display. They are usually used for showing dynamic images and photographs. But now Bridgestone Corp. has developed a display for displaying static images for reading. Apart from when rewriting the displays, Electronic Paper requires no electrical power to maintain the image. This leads to energy-savings and it will be useful in reducing the strain on the environment as it gets used as a substitute for paper for paper price tags in retail stores in Japan.


 
 
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Supermarket cashiers gathered in the western city of Kobe recently to vie for the title of Japan's top check-out staff. Hosted by Japan's Supermarket Association, the battle royale graded accuracy and deportment, drawing contestants from 43 supermarkets across the country in a test of the best and right-est.


 
 
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Wholesale supermarkets that sell foodstuffs for restaurants are gaining in popularity among general consumers thanks to their low prices and wide range of merchandise. These supermarkets serve small-scale eating and drinking establishments. But in most cases, ordinary consumers can also shop there, availing themselves of bargain prices that the stores can offer as they sell goods in bulk.


 
 
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Japanese people love Pizza and Pasta for some time already but now Italian food and the culture’s presence in Japan is about to get a big boost again from the opening of the first Eataly store in Tokyo. The quality food market operator Eataly Distribuzione created its own subsidiary in Japan earlier in the year and opened the first store at the end of September in the revamped Loveria space in Daikanyama – an area where it is likely to prove a powerful draw.