Hamadaya Shoyu, Inc., an international soy sauce producer based in Kumamoto City marked its 200th anniversary on Mar. 18. Attendees were invited into a renewed brewery house. After being damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake, the cellar was renovated by internationally known architect Kengo Kuma. In 2016, not long after the disaster, the brewery partnered with Li & Fung Ltd., a company in Hong Kong, and has since focused on developing products that will sell in international markets. Kyushu’s unique soy sauce is characterized by its sweetness, and the brand’s other high-quality products are now sold in China and some European countries. While soy sauce is sold overseas by some of Japan’s major companies, the entrance of mid-small manufacturers to the international market is a rare case. Source: NHK News Web, 3/18/2019
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