The behind-the-scenes tales of hit products and creations from Japan: this is Japan's Top Inventions. This time, probiotic drinks, now consumed in 40 countries and regions. They were created by Yakult founder Minoru Shirota, who succeeded in cultivating strong lactic acid bacteria that could survive digestive fluids. With the philosophy "a healthy intestinal tract leads to a long life," Shirota spread his probiotic drink far and wide. Join us and learn more about the story behind these drinks.
Minoru Shirota, inventor of lactic acid bacteria-based probiotic drinks
Osamu Chonan, general manager of the probiotic drink maker's research management center
Lactobacillus casei Shirota, the lactic acid bacteria strain discovered by Shirota