New launches and trends in the Japan CBD scene

Last summer, Meros discussed the state of CBD in Japan. But nearly every week there are new launches and updates in Japan. We have been following trends in Japan’s CBD sector closely and here are a few of the recent highlights!

New CBD restaurant opens in Ginza

A concept restaurant called Today’s CBD by ONE-INCH just opened in Ginza this September. The restaurant is open three days a week, Wednesday through Friday, and a different chef is in charge each night. There is a regular menu, but in addition, the day’s chef adds daily specials to the menu each day. CBD is included in the condiments and CBD drinks are also offered.

New CBD specialty store opens near Shibuya

CBD (coffee) is a specialty CBD store that opened in Komaba Todai-mae in September. The store offers smoothies and coffee which include CBD oil. First you choose a drink, then you select the type and concentration of CBD to add. Each brand of oil is unique –  some are tasteless and odorless, while others have a hemp flavor. You can also enjoy the drinks on their own without and CBD added. The shop also sells CBD products such as CBD vapes and gummies.

New CBD beauty brand has launched in Japan

Japanese company Balanced (株式会社バランスド) has just launched a CBD brand called Walala and announced its first product, a CBD face cream, using synthetic CBD. In order to create a 100% legal CBD brand in Japan, they decided to use only chemically synthesized CBD for their products. Although CBD derived from cannabis stem and seed is not illegal in Japan, Balanced couldn’t find a partner who could provide CBD to their standards so they decided to use chemically synthesized CBD instead. All products are manufactured at their Japanese factory. In the future, they plan to sell products to beauty salons, esthetic salons, and massage parlors, as well as developing CBD products such as supplements and oils.

Follow Meros on social media for other updates on CBD trends in Japan and any new and interesting launches we find next!

NHK’s World’s Episode Highlights Agtech in Japan and Kenya

Meros’ Lucia Vancura recently appeared as a panelist on NHK World’s BizBuzz Japan episode on agribusiness, discussing the trends in ag tech, food innovation and the rise of “telephone farming” in Kenya, together with economist Jasper Kohl and NHK host Jon Kabira.

NHK World’s BizBuzz Japan

Topics included innovations and business ideas that can address the rising global demand for food, including Japan’s work on LED lighting for indoor farming, ways to effectively use the increasing acres of fallow land in Japan and how new markets are being sought for food innovations using rice, soy and other grains.

The show aired several times in August 2016.