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Great Lakes Tokyo Burger Shop Is Now Vegan Due to COVID

Great Lakes Tokyo Burger Shop Is Now Vegan Due to COVID

Great Lakes Tokyo—an American-style burger shop in Japan—is now vegan due to the COVID-19 outbreak. John Penny, the restaurant's founder, made the announcement on Facebook. "With the health and prosperity of our customers and planet...
This Japanese Vegan Startup Is Creating a New Category of Meat

This Japanese Vegan Startup Is Creating a New Category of Meat

What's a new meat taste like? One Japanese plant-based startup is on a mission to create "the fourth meat." But it's not creating a vegan version of the familiar chicken, beef, or pork. It's building...
Japan Launches Cow-Centered Campaign to Boost Dairy Sales

Japan Launches Cow-Centered Campaign to Boost Dairy Sales

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture just launched a new campaign to help the struggling dairy industry. The Plus One campaign encourages people to drink more milk and boost dairy sales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An...
South America’s Vegan Boom Just Got a $1 Billion Boost From Japan’s SoftBank

South America’s Vegan Boom Just Got a $1 Billion Boost From Japan’s SoftBank

Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. will invest in Latin American vegan food tech companies this year. Although SoftBank Group hasn’t announced which companies it will invest in, Vegconomist speculates that Chile-based startup NotCo is...
Yahoo! Bans the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Japan

Yahoo! Bans the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Japan

Yahoo! Japan announced it will end sales of elephant ivory. The move could also spell the end of the Japanese ivory market. From the beginning of November, Yahoo! Japan will ban the sale of ivory....
Animal Planet Exposes Whale Industry to 90 Million Households

Animal Planet Exposes Whale Industry to 90 Million Households

Animal Planet's hit reality series "Whale Wars" is returning to TV screens. The series revolves around ocean conservation society Sea Shepherd as it works to confront Japanese whalers. From 2008, "Whale Wars" ran for seven...
Japanese Lose Taste for Whale Meat As Whaling Returns

Japanese Lose Taste for Whale Meat as Whaling Returns

Japan has resumed whaling after more than 30 years but the nation may no longer be a profitable market for whale meat. Commercial whaling was banned by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium in 1986...

Why No One Ate Meat in Japan for 12 Centuries

Around the world, eating meat has become an ingrained part of food culture for many people. Westernization has prompted many countries in Asia to adopt more meat-heavy diets. In Japan, a nation that has historically...
60-Year-Old Japanese Company Sagamiya Launches 'Miracle Protein' Fermented ‘Beyond Tofu’ Vegan Cheeses

60-Year-Old Japanese Tofu Company Launches ‘Miracle Protein’ Vegan Cheeses

Sixty-year-old Japanese tofu company Sagamiya Food, a leader in the industry, has developed a unique method of making fermented vegan cheese. Called Beyond Tofu, the "miracle protein" has an authentic, cheesy flavor and can...
Legal Challenge Could End Japanese Dolphin Hunting for Good

Japan’s Notorious Dolphin Hunt Could Soon Be Illegal

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, a whaling town in Japan, could soon be illegal. According to The Guardian, nonprofit Action for Dolphins and Japanese NGO the Life Investigation Agency have both submitted evidence to end the...
You Can Send Vegan Noodles to Your Valentine

You Can Send Vegan ‘Noods’ to Your Valentine

PSA: You still have time to buy bouquets of vegan Cup Noodles to give to your Valentine. The Nissin instant ramen brand created the Valentine's Day gift last year for its customers in Japan. The...

Tokyo International Airport Gets Its First Vegan Restaurant

Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport, has opened its first vegan restaurant, the HealthyTOKYO Cafe & Shop. The new eatery will serve a variety of healthy plant-based dishes, including quiches, cheesecakes, and traditional...
Japan’s Departure From International Whaling Commission Ends Antarctic Whaling

How Japan’s Exit From the Whaling Commission Could Be a Huge Victory for Whales

After years of public denial, Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) earlier this month so that it can continue its commercial whaling operations. It's a move the conservation group Sea Shepherd sees as...
The Top 9 Vegan-Friendly Travel Destinations You Need to Visit in 2019

9 Vegan Travel Destinations You Need to Visit in 2019

With the new year comes fresh perspectives, unexpected opportunities, and twelve new months to fill with exploration. To help you make the most of your year ahead, here are our top nine Vegan travel...
Japanese Supermarkets Are Selling Vegan Ice Cream Made From Azuki Beans and Dairy-Free Soft-Serve Out of Yuba

Japanese Supermarkets Are Selling Vegan Ice Cream Made From Azuki Beans and Tofu

Azuki beans, also known as adzuki beans, are small, red beans that are cultivated and used in desserts throughout East Asia. In Japan, the beans are sometimes cooked with sugar to make anko, a...
JUST Partners With Japanese Beef Producer Toriyama to Launch Clean Wagyu Meat

Japanese Waygu Beef to Be Launched By JUST Vegan Egg Producers

California-based food tech company JUST, the maker of a liquid vegan egg made from mung beans, has announced a clean meat partnership with Japanese beef producer, Toriyama and meat and seafood supplier, the Awano Food Group. What...
5 Travel Tips for Finding and Eating the Best Vegan Food in Tokyo, Japan

5 Travel Tips for Eating the Best Vegan Food in Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the world's most populous metropolis. Known for its bustling city streets, tech-savvy inventions, and unique cuisine, Tokyo is on many traveller's bucket lists. However, navigating a notoriously-seafood-loving...
Japanese Beer Giant Kirin Ends Animal Testing

Japanese Beer Giant Kirin Ends Animal Testing

Raise a glass to Kirin. The Japanese beer company is halting animal testing. Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd., the second-largest alcoholic-beverage manufacturer in Japan, “has agreed to end all experiments on animals not required by law,” PETA...
Japan's Largest Confectioner Morinaga & Co. Ends 'Cruel and Archaic' Animal Testing

Japan’s Largest Confectioner Morinaga & Co. Ends ‘Cruel and Archaic’ Animal Testing

Japan's largest confectioner Morinaga & Co. just announced plans to end all animal testing not required by law. The decision was made following conversations with the largest animal rights organization in the world, People...

Japanese Airbnb-Style Service airKitchen Plus Connects Travelers With Homemade Vegan and Vegetarian Food

A new Japanese kitchen sharing service gives travelers access to home kitchens in the nation's major metropolitan areas. Called airKitchen Plus, the service was created to give tourists better access to vegan and vegetarian food in...
Vegan Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton Wins the Japan Grand Prix

Vegan Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton Wins the Japan Grand Prix

Clinching another Grand Prix victory on Sunday, this time in Japan, vegan Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton speeds closer to what appears to be an inevitable 5th World Championship title. The victory is Hamilton's 71st...