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 Mitoku Credo 
Food is Medicine

Mitoku's motto is "Food Is Medicine." Many traditional Japanese foods, such as miso, shoyu, green tea, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, kuzu, and umeboshi, have long been prized in the East for their medicinal qualities. Over the years, we have seen scientific research verify the beneficial effects of these foods on even such degenerative diseases as cancer and heart disease.



Based on over 50 years of experience, Mitoku Founder & CEO Akiyoshi Kazama personally selects each of Mitoku Company's foods. Mr. Kazama has traveled throughout Japan finding foods that meet the highest possible standards of quality for both ingredients and traditional manufacturing. He believes in the old Japanese adage "isoku dogen," which means "food is medicine." The Mitoku label is your assurance that these traditional foods are of extraordinary quality and are made to promote health and happiness.

(English Translation)

It is said that we live in a gourmet era. When we look back upon the eating habits of the Japanese people, we are surprised by the enormous change that has taken place over the past decade or so. The affluence we have achieved has had a strongly negative influence on the quality of the food we eat. We think it is time to take a critical look at our daily food, which is often taken for granted today. Since 1968, we have searched Japan and chosen those producers who are loyal to the traditional methods, and we have delivered only these authentic foods to you. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of quality, even in the face of increasingly severe sales competition from products made by quicker, cheaper, mass production methods. Mitoku will continue to maintain this policy. We sincerely hope that you will remain our customer as ever.

Akiyoshi Kazama,
Mitoku Co., Ltd., Founder
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