Japan's top five nutrition and supplement stories from 2017 — in English and Japanese

By Gary Scattergood

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We strated to publish content in Japanese during 2017.
We strated to publish content in Japanese during 2017.

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Personalised nutrition, regulation and industry growth were three of the hottest topics across our 2017 coverage of the Japan nutrition and supplements market.

Our top five, most-read stories involving Japan are published below - just click on the headlines to read the full versions in both English and Japanese.

It was our story about the potential of personalised nutrition that took the top spot, closely followed by the regulatory findings of our inaugural industry survey.

The industry in Japan has benefitted from the introduction of the more relaxed Food with Function Claims (FFC) over the past two years. They have spurred a raft of new products, with almost 1,500 now making FFC claims.

Take a look at our top five to find out what else has been making the headlines in Japan.

1) Personalised nutrition in Asia Pacific: 'Industry is now at a tipping point'

New players in the market and groundbreaking technology will lead to a wave of personalised nutrition innovation across Asia, according to a panel of experts at Vitafoods Asia.


Vitafoods Asiaの専門委員会は、市場の新しいプレーヤーと画期的な技術により、アジア全体でパーソナライズドニュートリションの革新が起こるとみている。しかし、業界全体では、パーソナライズドニュートリションが何を意味するのか、何に役立つのかについての明確な定義はまだない。

2) NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 2: Raft of new regulations broadly welcomed by the sector

The raft of new supplement and functional food regulations introduced in the past two years, or those imminently pending, have been broadly welcomed by the industry in APAC, according to the findings of our inaugural State of the Industry survey.

NutraIngredients-Asia産業調査 第二報:多くの新しい規制は関連部門に歓迎されている


3) Beauty from within in Japan: New regulations and ageing population driving product launches — Kewpie

Japanese supplier Kewpie has seen more than 60 products launched in the country using its hyaluron ingredient Hyabest, with a raft of products touting its beauty or joint pain benefits for the ageing population in the wake of more relaxed regulations.

日本の内なる美:新規制と高齢者人口が製品上市を左右 ― キューピー


4) Oligosaccharides may combat obesity via gut microbe modulation: Japan study

A certain group of oligosaccharides may be able to counter obesity through gut microbe modulation, according to researchers in Japan.

オリゴ糖は腸内微生物の調整により肥満に効果的: 日本の研究


5) Three key innovations that will help APAC's supplement sector grow by $10bn in five years

Membership services, snack-style products and interactive packaging will help drive Asia-Pacific's supplement sales to US$56b by 2022 — an almost $10b increase from 2016’s figure.



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