Going Halal: Japan's Food Industry Prepares for 2020
[On-Site Report]
With the number of inbound Muslim visitors increasing, the demand for food that they can eat while in Japan is also on the rise. By the time the Olympics are held in Tokyo next year, the size of the halal food market is expected to be 2.5 times larger than it was just 8 years ago. In this episode, our camera crew joins halal inspectors to see the strict rules that restaurants must abide by in order to be certified. For example, we show how Japanese restaurants manage to get around halal restrictions that prevent them from using standard soy sauces. We also feature an alternative strategy, which leaves the decision making to Muslim consumers by providing detailed information on the food products and letting the buyer judge whether it is acceptable or not. This episode shows how halal related businesses are finding innovative ways to make food in Japan more accessible to Muslim visitors.

[Global Trends]
Veganism has been taking off in Britain, with the number of people adopting the lifestyle now estimated in the hundreds of thousands. Companies are looking to profit from the trend, and "Veganomics" is a buzzword. Markets that specialize in plant-based food alternatives, such as fake bacon and dairy-free cheese, are popping up. Meanwhile, a hotel has introduced what it calls the world's first all-vegan room. Some critics fear that the popularity of veganism may have a negative impact on traditional cuisine, and going vegan can sometimes alter social relationships. We look at the pros and cons of a movement that is gaining ground every day.

On-Site Report

Halal inspectors speak with a local Tokyo restaurant owner about his food offerings
Even spices and seasonings must be checked for non-halal ingredients, like soy sauce, which usually contains small amounts of alcohol

Global Trends

Eating an imitation bacon burger at a vegan market
Everything from the furniture to the glue for the wallpaper is certified as vegan in this hotel room