The behind-the-scenes tales of hit products and creations from Japan: this is Japan's Top Inventions. This time, bottled green tea: green tea sold in bottles made from PET plastic. Loved in over 30 countries and regions, it was developed by a Japanese beverage maker in 1990 using special techniques to keep the tea tasting great when bottled. We dive into the little-known story behind this drink, which is expanding worldwide among health-conscious consumers.
A 1.5-liter bottle of green tea released in 1990
Yashiro Mitsuo, a member of the development team
Green tea being poured into a glass
On the left, the 500ml bottle from the initial release; on the right, a slimmed-down bottle, better for the environment