Soy, Almond & Other Non-Dairy Milks

Across the country, soymilk is very popular and many varieties can reliably be found. Many markets also carry almond milk. In larger cities, specialty stores may also have other types of non-dairy milks as well. Although generally, the only types of non-dairy milks that larger supermarkets stock will be soy or almond, there are a few exceptions, some which are shown at the bottom of the page. There are also some coffees made with non-dairy milk, some of which are vegan and some are not.

Some non-dairy milks contain flavoring and emulsifiers which may be animal-derived or sugar that may be bone-char processed. We have marked below wherever we have information on how these ingredients were made. 

There are too many (particularly soy) milks sold in Japan to list them all here, so this is a representative list of what you may find the most easily in stores. Please check the ingredient list of any product you may find before consuming.

In Tokyo, the grocery stores National Azabu in Hiroo and the chain Bio C’ Bon (also in Kanagawa Prefecture) may have some of the best selection of non-dairy milks in the country. Their rotating selection often includes those that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere (except in natural food stores) such as hemp milk. Prices may be higher than at other stores. The photos below were taken at National Azabu in February 2020.

The Hokkaido 3.6 Milk/北海道3.6牛乳 in the bottom left of the first photo is dairy milk and is not vegan.

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The photo below was taken at Bio C’ Bon in Akasaka, Tokyo in February, 2020.

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There are too many types of soymilk available to detail them all here, but let’s look at some examples, as well as some soymilks to avoid that contain animal products.

SOYMILK

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Soymilk (豆乳 – tōnyū) is easy to find in Japan. It is available in most supermarkets and convenience stores, and many flavored varieties are available too.

Where vegans have to be careful is in relation to additives like:
• emulsifier (乳化剤 – nyūkazai)
• calcium lactate (乳酸カルシウム or 乳酸Ca – nyūsan karushiumu)
• flavoring (香料 – kōryō)
• stabilizing agent (安定剤 – antei-zai)

To the left you can see emulsifier, calcium lactate and flavoring in the list of ingredients of one of the most common brands of soymilk in Japan (in this case coffee flavored). These additives are in many brands of soymilk, so it is best to contact the manufacturer to check whether they are plant or animal-derived.

If you want to be 100% certain the soymilk is vegan, you should look for ‘non-adjusted’ soymilk (無調整豆乳- mu chōsei tōnyū) (as opposed to adjusted soymilk, 調整豆乳- chōsei tōnyū, which has added ingredients, or soymilk beverages, 豆乳飲料- tōnyū inryou, which also have added ingredients and are flavored beverages based on soy, for example coffee-flavored). ‘Non-adjusted’ soymilk only contains soybeans and can even be used to make tofu! If you find the consistency is a little too thick, just add some water. Please note that this type of soymilk is not calcium fortified. Below are some brands of non-adjusted soymilk we have found.

NON-ADJUSTED SOYMILK

In 2019, Kikkoman stated that they use beef bone char as a filtering agent for the sugar production process of their soymilks. They also stated they use no other animal-derived agents in the process of making the soymilks. The Oishii Muchousei and Hokkaido-san Daizu Muchosei (Hokkaido Unadjusted Soymilk) do not use sugar nor any of the animal-derived ingredients they stated they use in some of their products (vitamin D, shell calcium, or honey), meaning they’re animal-ingredient-free in the finished product as well as have no animal ingredients used in processing. Both of these products are pictured below. 

Kikkoman Oishii Muchousei (Delicious Unadjusted) Soymilk/キッコーマン おいしい無調整豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans (Canada or America) (not genetically modified).

Zero cholesterol, contains soy isoflavones and lecithin. 2019 Monde Selection Gold Award winner.

Under pressure from PETA, Kikkoman agreed to stop animal testing as of 2015, except when accountable to public safety or to comply with the demands of government authorities.

Their animal testing policy is here (English).

Photo from website.

Kikkoman Delicious Unadjusted Soymilk    

Kikkoman Hokkaido-san Daizu Muchousei (Unadjusted Soymilk)/キッコーマン 北海道産大豆無調整豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans (domestically produced and not genetically modified).

Uses only soybeans from the northern island of Hokkaido.

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Marusan Organic Unadjusted Soymilk/Marusan 有機豆乳無調整. Ingredients: 100% organic soybeans (non-genetically modified). Photo from website.

Has a soybean solid content of 9%. Uses soybeans from China and America.

Photo from website.

Marusan Organic Unadjusted Soymilk

Marusan Soy Premium Unadjusted Soymilk/ソイプレミアム ひとつ上の豆乳 成分無調整. Ingredients: Soybean (domestic) (not genetically modified).

Soybean solid quantity of 11%. 2018 Monde Selection Gold Award winner.

Marusan Soy Premium Unadjusted Soymilk

Otsuka Amazing Soy Premium Yukipirika/大塚 スゴイダイズ プレミアム ゆきぴりか. Ingredients: Soybean powder, not genetically modified.

Unadjusted soymilk with a refreshing taste. High isoflavone soybean “Yukipirika” is used to create a drink with 100 mg of isoflavones in 200 ml of product. Like non-premium unadjusted Amazing Soy, this product doesn’t have an aftertaste.

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Otsuka Amazing Soy, Unadjusted/大塚 スゴイダイズ 無調整タイプ. Ingredients: 100% soybean powder from Hokkaido, not genetically modified.

Whole Hokkaido soybeans are selected for taste and used without removing the okara lees, only the soybean skin. 10% or more soybean solid content. A new manufacturing method removes the aftertaste so it can be used for drinking or cooking.

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Sujahta Meiraku Drinkable Soybeans, Soymilk with Soy Pulp/スジャータ めいらく 豆腐+おから のむ大豆. Ingredients: Soybean flour (USA or Canada) (not genetically modified).

Dietary fiber, soy isoflavone, soy protein, lecithin are all included. The thin skin of the soybean has been removed.

The website states: Contains soybean (soymilk). If you are allergic, please refrain from ingestion. Even for those who do not develop allergic symptoms with other soybean foods, there are rare cases of allergy onset. When drinking for the first time we recommend that you try a small amount.

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Sujahta Meiraku Organic Soymilk, also for Tofu-making/スジャータ めいらく 豆腐もできます有機豆乳. Ingredients: 100% organic soybeans from Canada or America (non-genetically modified). Contains soybean-derived GABA.

Instructions for making this soymilk into tofu at home can be found here (Japanese).

The website states: Contains soybean (soymilk). If you are allergic, please refrain from ingestion. Even for those who do not develop allergic symptoms with other soybean foods, there are rare cases of allergy onset. When drinking for the first time we recommend that you try a small amount.

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TopValu Unadjusted Ingredient Soymilk/トップバリュ オーガニック 成分無調整豆乳. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (China, America).

Photo from website.

Only contains listed ingredient (and water) per the company.

Photo from website.

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Below are some examples of ‘adjusted’ soymilk (調整豆乳 – chōsei tōnyū) and soymilk beverages, 豆乳飲料- tōnyū inryou. As we said above, if you want to make sure the soymilk is vegan, you should contact the manufacturer to check whether any of the ingredients are derived from animals.

ADJUSTED SOYMILK AND SOYMILK BEVERAGES

Some Aeon supermarkets began stocking Alpro soymilk in late 2019.

Alpro Soya Unsweetened is gluten-free, contains no sugars or sweeteners and 120 mg of calcium and 0.38 µg of vitamin B12 per 100ml.

Alpro Soya Unsweetened. Ingredients: Soya base (Water, Hulled soya beans (8.7%)), Acidity regulators (Potassium phosphates), Calcium (Calcium carbonate), Flavourings, Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Vitamins (B2, B12, D2).

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Alpro Soya High Protein/アルプロ たっぷりタンパク質 調製豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans (not genetically modified), sugar, salt/pH adjusting agent, calcium carbonate, flavoring, thickener (gellan gum), vitamin B2, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.

Product includes soybeans.

Contains 12.5 grams of protein and 0.85 µg of vitamin B12 per 250ml serving.

Photo from website.

alpro soya high protein

Asahi released a soymilk tea and a soymilk coffee in early and mid 2020, respectively. Per the press release (Japanese), they have “a design that’s easy for even women to hold and put into their bags/女性でも持ちやすくカバンに入れやすい形状.”

The emulsifier in the soymilk tea was reported by the blog Vegana no Japão (now defunct) to be of vegetable origin.

 Asahi Plant Time Soymilk Tea/『PLANT TIME』ソイミルクティー」. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), dextrin, powdered adjusted soymilk (contains soybeans), black tea, soymilk cream, vegetable oil, salt/glycerin, emulsifier, cellulose, flavoring, vitamin C, silicone.

Asahi Plant Time Soy Milk Tea    Asahi Plant Time Soy Milk Tea ingredient list

 Asahi Plant Time Soy Latte/『PLANT TIME』ソイラテ」. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), coffee, adjusted soymilk powder (including soybeans), dextrin, soymilk cream, vegetable oil, salt/glycerin, flavoring, emulsifier, cellulose, silicone.

Photo from website.

「PLANT TIME」|アサヒ飲料

Kagome has two mixed fruit/vegetable/soy drinks as part of their “Life with Vegetables/野菜生活” line. Kagome does animal testing. The emulsifier is reported to be vegetable emulsifier.

Kagome Mellow Plain Soy Plus/Kagome 野菜生活Soy+まろやかプレーン. Ingredients: Fruit (Apples (imported), pineapple, lemon), vegetables (satsumaimo, carrot, kale,spinach, asparagus, watercress, parsley, pumpkin, lettuce, cabbage, beets, daikon radish, Chinese cabbage, onion, celery), soybeans, dietary fiber, defatted soybeans, soymilk, salt (from Okinawa Prefecture), pH adjusting agent, emulsifier, cellulose, flavoring, stabilizing agent (gellan gum).

Product contains soybeans and apple.

This flavor has six grams of vegetable-derived protein.

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Kagome Berry Prune Mix Soy Plus/Kagome 野菜生活Soy+ベリープルーン Mix. Ingredients: Fruit (Apples (imported), pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, lemon), vegetables (carrot, kale,spinach, asparagus, watercress, parsley, pumpkin, lettuce, cabbage, beets, daikon radish, Chinese cabbage, onion, celery), soybeans, prune extract, dietary fiber, soymilk, defatted soybeans, salt (from Okinawa Prefecture), pH adjusting agent, emulsifier, flavoring, cellulose, stabilizing agent (gellan gum), ferric pyrophosphate.

Product contains soybeans and apple.

This flavor has five grams of vegetable-derived protein.

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In 2019, Kikkoman stated that they use beef bone char as a filtering agent for the sugar production process of their soymilks. They also stated they use no other animal-derived agents in the process of making the soymilks. They said the animal ingredients they use in some of their soymilks are: vitamin D/ビタミンD (which is lanolin-derived), shell calcium/貝カルシウム, or honey/はちみつ .

In the Q & A section of their website the company previously confirmed that their soymilk does not contain any milk products and that the emulsifier is plant-based. They make too many flavors to picture here, but we’ll show known flavors that have animal ingredients in the finished product so you can avoid them. 

Under pressure from PETA, Kikkoman agreed to stop animal testing as of 2015, except when accountable to public safety or to comply with the demands of government authorities.

Their animal testing policy is here (English).

The information in 2019 indicated they have:

Two unadjusted soymilks that have no animal ingredients and don’t use animal ingredients in processing:

Oishii Muchousei (Delicious Unadjusted) Soymilk
Kikkoman Hokkaido-san Daizu Muchousei (Unadjusted Soymilk)

One flavored soymilk beverage with no animal ingredients that doesn’t use animal ingredients in processing (as it has no sugar):

Low Sugar Bakuga Coffee (Malt Coffee) Soymilk

Seven soymilk products with animal ingredients (vitamin D from lanolin (5), honey (1), shell calcium (1)):

Contains vitamin D from lanolin:
Cocoa
Fruits Mix
Tokunou Chousei (Rich Processed)
Rich Processed (for home delivery only) (the company stated this item was also called Tokunou Chousei but as of 2021 the label reads Noukou Chousei)
Low Sugar Chousei (Processed)

Contains honey:
Black Sesame

Contains shell calcium:
Matcha

However as they do add products all the time, upon review of the Kikkoman website in April  2021 they have an additional product with honey:
Honey

They also have an additional product with Vitamin D:
Oishii Chousei (Delicious Adjusted) Soymilk

The rest of their products don’t have animal ingredients but do use bone char to process the sugar, although it does not remain in the finished product. 

Here is the one flavored soymilk where no animal products were used in processing because it contains no sugar, the Low-Sugar Bakuga Coffee (Malt Coffee) Soymilk flavor. 

Kikkoman Low Sugar Bakuga Coffee (Malt Coffee) Soymilk/キッコーマン 低糖質 豆乳飲料麦芽コーヒー. Ingredients: Soybean (Canada or America) (not genetically modified), malt extract, coffee powder (caffeine-less), erythritol, sun-dried salt, rice oil/emulsifier, flavoring, sweetener (acesulfame K, stevia), thickener (carrageenan).

Product contains soybeans.

Photo from website. 

Kikkoman Low Sugar Bakuga Coffee (Malt Coffee) Soymilk

Here are the products Kikkoman customer service listed as using animal ingredients:

•  Kikkoman Cocoa Soymilk Beverage/キッコーマンココア豆乳飲料: has lanolin (source of Vitamin D/ビタミンD)

Kikkoman Cocoa

• Kikkoman Fruits Mix Soymilk Beverage/キッコーマンフルーツミックス豆乳飲料 has lanolin (source of vitamin D/ビタミンD)

Kikkoman Fruits Mix

• Kikkoman Tokunou Chousei (Rich Processed) Soymilk /キッコーマン特濃調製豆乳 has lanolin (source of vitamin D/ビタミンD).

Kikkoman Tokunou Chousei (Rich Processed) Soymilk    

• Kikkoman Noukou Chousei (Rich Processed) Soymilk /キッコーマン濃厚調製豆乳 (For home delivery only/配達専用) has lanolin (source of vitamin D/ビタミンD).

Kikkoman Tokunou Chousei (Rich Processed) Soymilk (for home delivery)

• Kikkoman Low Sugar Chousei (Processed) Soymilk/キッコーマン低糖質調製豆乳 has lanolin (source of vitamin D/ビタミンD)

Kikkoman Low Sugar Adjusted Soymilk

• Kikkoman Oishii Chousei (Delicious Adjusted) Soymilk/キッコーマン特濃調整豆乳: has vitamin D/ビタミンD (presumably derived from lanolin like all the rest)

Kikkoman Hokkaido San Daizu Chousei (Adjusted) Soymilk

•  Kikkoman Black Sesame/キッコーマン黒ごま豆乳飲料: has honey/はちみつ.

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•  Kikkoman Honey/キッコーマンはちみつ豆乳飲料: has honey/はちみつ.

Kikkoman Honey

•  Kikkoman Matcha/キッコーマン抹茶豆乳飲料: has shell calcium/貝カルシウム.

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The rest of their adjusted soymilks and soymilk beverages contain bone-char processed sugar. 

Probably their most famous soymilk product is their regular adjusted soymilk, which is used widely across Japan, including in many commercial establishments (coffees and smoothies are often made with this) and vegan items (unless you’re in a vegan restaurant that specifically states they don’t use bone-char processed sugar, in which case they might use something like unadjusted soymilk instead).

At the bottom of the package it reads “植物性たんぱく飲料,” shokubutsu-sei tanpaku inryō, meaning “vegetable protein drink.” 

Out of the five types in Kikkoman’s Adjusted Soymilk section as of a review of the Kikkoman website in April 2021, this is the only one without the added vitamin D. 

Kikkoman Adjusted Soymilk/キッコーマン 調製豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans (Canada or USA) (not genetically modified), sugar, rice oil, sun-dried salt/calcium lactate, emulsifier, thickener (carrageenan), flavoring.

Kikkoman Adjusted Soymilk

There are too many soymilk beverages to list them all here, and new flavors are often introduced. Check their Soymilk Beverages section for the full range (noting that the non-vegan products are listed above). Here are a few examples:

Kikkoman Coffee Flavored Soymilk/キッコーマン 麦芽コーヒー. Ingredients: Soybeans (from Canada) (non-genetically modified), sugar, malt extract, rice oil, coffee extract, chicory extract, dextrin, sun-dried salt, caramel color, flavoring, calcium lactate, emulsifier, thickener (carrageenan).

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This is a new product as of early 2021. The photos below were taken in April 2021. 

Kikkoman Soy Body, Cocoa/キッコーマンソイボディ ココア. Ingredients: Soymilk (soybeans (Canada or America) (not genetically modified), powdered soy protein, sugar, cocoa powder, rice oil, sun salt, powdered okara/antioxidant (vitamin C, vitamin E), thickeners (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), cyclic oligosaccharide, emulsifier, flavoring.

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Kikkoman Soy Body, Original/キッコーマンソイボディ オリジナル. Ingredients: Soy milk (soy (Canada or America) (not genetically modified)), powdered soy protein, sugar, maple sugar, rice oil, sun salt, powdered okara/antioxidant (vitamin C, vitamin E), thickeners (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), cyclic oligosaccharide, emulsifier, flavoring.

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These photos were taken in May 2020.

Kikkoman Soy Latte/キッコーマンソイラテ.  Ingredients: Soybeans (from Canada or America) (non-genetically modified), sugar, coffee, rice oil, sun-dried salt, flavoring, calcium lactate, emulsifier, thickener (carrageenan).

Product contains soy.

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A well-known company called Marusan currently sells more than twenty types of soymilk, including non-adjusted, organic, coffee, and fruit flavors, but some use non-vegan ingredients like honey. Check the ingredients on their website here (Japanese). A few of the soymilk options they offer are shown below. They also sell two flavors of a vegan protein drink online and at Natural Lawson that are certified vegan by VegeProject Japan.

Marusan Co-Trip Black Sesame and Sweet Potato Soymilk Beverage/Marusan ことりっぷ 豆乳飲料 黒ごまさつまIngredients: Soybean (Canada) (not genetically modified), saccharides (sugar, millet jelly, fructose), vegetable oil, salt, sesame paste, Anno roasted potato paste/flavoring, emulsifier, stabilizer (gellan).

Product contains soy and sesame.

This collaboration product with travel book co-Trip uses black sesame and “annou imo,” a special type of potato with a high sugar content and orange-hued flesh.

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• Marusan Co-Trip Brown Sugar Syrup Soymilk Beverage/Marusan ことりっぷ 豆乳飲料 黒蜜きなこIngredients: Soybean (Canadian) (not genetically modified), saccharides (high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, sugar, brown sugar syrup), soy powder, salt, mirin, yeast extract powder/flavoring, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide).

Product contains soybeans.

This collaboration product with travel book co-Trip is made with Japanese brown sugar syrup called kuromitsu and kinako soy powder and is meant to taste like a traditional dessert.

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• Marusan Co-Trip Chestnut and Wasanbon Soymilk Beverage/Marusan ことりっぷ 豆乳飲料 栗と和三盆. Ingredients: Soybean (Canadian) (not genetically modified), saccharides [high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, sugar (wasanbon sugar, brown sugar, brown sugar), fructose], salt, mirin, chestnut powder/flavoring, stabilizer (gellan).

Product contains soybeans.

This collaboration product with travel book co-Trip uses chestnuts and traditional wasanbon sugar from Tokushima Prefecture.

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Marusan Co-Trip Macadamia Chocolate Soymilk Beverage/Marusan ことりっぷ 豆乳飲料 マカダミアチョコ. Ingredients: Soybean (Canada) (not genetically modified), saccharides (high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, sugar), cocoa, macadamia paste, salt, caramel sauce/cellulose, flavoring, emulsifier, stabilizer (gellan).

Product contains soybeans.

This macadamia-flavored collaboration product with travel book co-Trip has a Hawaiian quilt motif on the package.

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• Marusan Malt Soymilk Beverage/麦芽豆乳飲料  Ingredients: Sugars (high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup), soybeans (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, malt extract, coffee extract powder, salt/calcium lactate.

It has coffee extract powder added so it tastes like soy coffee.

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Marusan Vegan Protein Matcha Soy Latte

Marusan Vegan Protein Matcha Soy Latte is soymilk giant Marusan’s first officially vegan certified soy beverage. Certified by VegeProject Japan, each 200ml package has 11 grams of protein and contains no artificial flavorings, colorings or sweeteners.

Available for purchase online at Amazon Japan, Rakuten, Locaho, and Marusan’s online shop, Daizu Hitosuji. Purchase links here

Photo taken in a branch of Table Spice supermarket.

Marusan Vegan Protein Matcha Soy Latte

On March 1, 2021, Marusan renewed the Vegan Protein Matcha Soy Latte and added a second flavor, Cacao Soy Latte.

Photo from website.

Marusan Vegan Protein

Mini Stop:

Soy Latte/ソイラテ. Ingredients: Soymilk (contains soy), sugar, coffee, vegetable oil, dextrin, salt/emulsifier, stabilizer (carrageenan), flavoring.

100% non-adjusted soymilk (無調整豆乳- mu chōsei tōnyū) used.

The previous version of this product had the same ingredient list, except the salt and emulsifier were listed without a backslash between them, but different packaging. The blog Vegana no Japão (now defunct) contacted customer service about the previous version of this product and confirmed that at that time, the emulsifier was made of plants. It is not clear if the same emulsifier is still being used.

Contains 13mg of isoflavones.

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This Morinaga Mt. Rainier Soy Latte was found in a branch of Family Mart in September 2020. While the company originally stated it is “also recommended for vegans,” per the company, the emulsifier contains animal product(s). The company amended their website to correct the information, stating “Product contains animal ingredient(s)/一部動物性の原料を使用しております.”

• Mt. Rainier Soy Latte/ソイラテ. Ingredients: Soymilk (contains soybeans), high-fructose corn syrup, coffee/cellulose, flavoring, emulsifier, stabilizer (carageenan).

Out of the 27 specified allergens, this product contains soybeans.

Last photo from website.

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In early 2021, Nestle’s Nescafe released a line of oat and almond coffees in liquid, powder (just add water) and capsule types for coffee machines. Check the press release here. There’s also information given on the English-language Nescafe site: Nestle Japan Launches Plant-Based Coffee Lattes. Some have been found in shops earlier than their reported release dates. It’s reported that the customer service stated the products are free of animal ingredients, but they use bone-char processed sugar (except for the capsule versions- the two products on the left of the following photo).

Photo from press release.

Nescafe Almond and Oat Lattes

This box of almond latte capsules (second from left in above photo) was spotted in a branch of Ito Yokado supermarket in March 2021 and does have a certified vegan mark on it. It’s possible to drink it even if you don’t have the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine by cutting the capsule open with a pair of scissors and adding the powder inside to hot water yourself. 

• Nescafe Dolce Gusto Almond Latte/Nescafe Dolce Gusto アーモンドラテ.

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• Pokka Sapporo Soyafarm Roasted Soybean Flour Soymilk Beverage/ソヤファーム おいしさスッキリ きな粉豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Soybean (American) (not genetically modified), sugar (brown sugar, brown sugar), soybean flour, salt, agar, calcium lactate, cellulose, flavoring, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), pH adjusting agent.

This zero-cholesterol beverage uses traditional ingredients kinako powder (roasted soybean flour) and kokuto.

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Provamel is available in some higher-end shops.

• Provamel Soya with Banana Drink. Ingredients: Water, raw cane sugar*, hulled soya beans (7.2%)*, corn maltodextrin*, natural banana flavouring with other natural flavourings , sea salt.

• Provamel Soya with Chocolate Drink. Ingredients: Water, hulled soya beans * (7.8%), raw cane sugar*, fat reduced cocoa* (1.3%), chocolate* (1.1%), sea salt, thickener (locust bean gum), bourbon vanilla extract*

• Provamel Soya with Strawberry Drink. Ingredients: Water, hulled soya beans (7,2%)*, raw cane sugar, natural flavouring, sea salt.

Provamel Soya Original with Calcium DrinkIngredients: Water, hulled soyabeans* (9,8%), apple concentrate* (3,3%), algae Lithothamnium calcereum (0,4%), sea salt

* = organically grown/produced

Vegan, organic, gluten-free, wheat-free per Provamel’s website.

Allergy information: Contains soya. Produced in a nut-free production facility.

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A 60 year-old tofu company called Sagamiya is currently selling various soy cheeses in regular supermarkets across Japan. Check our Non-Dairy Butter, Cheese, Cream, Margarine & Yogurts section for more details.

LiveKindly has an interesting article on some of their Beyond Tofu products here (English).They can also be bought in their online shop. However, in terms of drinks, things are not as promising for vegans. Their previous Nomu Tofu drink and current (as of May 2020) Beyond Tofu Latte, Beyond Tofu Mocha Latte and Beyond Tofu To-Go drinks are not vegan as they contain honey/はちみつ. Unfortunately, the packaging of the last three products now prominently states “100% Plant-Based Foods” on the front in English.

Although they sell a product called Beyond Tofu, the company has no relation to the American company Beyond Meat.

• Sagamiya’s Tofu Latte in regular and mocha both contain honey.

Photo from website.

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The Starbucks Silky Soy Latte mix says “plant-based” in English on the package. It’s available at retailers including Family Mart convenience stores and Aeon. It’s a Nestle product. Photo taken April 2021. 

Starbucks Silky Soy Latte/スターバックス なめらか ソイ ラテ. Ingredients: Vegetable creaming powder (powdered starch syrup, vegetable oil, rice flour, rice protein hydrolyzate), soymilk powder (soybeans, maltose), coffee, sugar, salt/calcium carbonate, baking soda, citric acid, sunflower lecithin, flavoring.

Of the 28 specified allergens, product contains soybeans. 

Online purchase link: Rakuten Ichiba

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Sujahta Meiraku makes adjusted soymilks as well as small, 330 ml containers of flavored soymilk beverages. The flavors on offer change occasionally. The product page for all their soymilks and soy beverages is here.

Their flavored soymilk beverages can be found in supermarkets. Some flavors occasionally turn up in convenience stores or vending machines. 

They also sell a larger container of adjusted soymilk with less sugar. It uses artificial sweeteners.

Sujahta Meiraku Adjusted Soymilk with Organic Soybeans, 65% Less Sugar/スジャータ めいらく有機大豆使用 糖質65%オフ 調製豆乳. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or US) (not genetically modified), dietary fiber, sun-dried salt/calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), flavor, sweeteners (acesulfame potassium, sucralose).

Uses 100% organic soybeans. Contains calcium equivalent to milk (227 mg per 200 ml). Contains soybean-derived GABA. Photo from website.

The website states (from autotranslate):  “If you are allergic to soy (soy milk), please do not take it.
Even if you do not have allergic symptoms with other soy foods, there are very rare cases of onset. We recommend that you try a small amount when drinking for the first time.”

sujahta adjusted soymilk 65% less sugar

Sujahta Meiraku Almond Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans/スジャータ めいらく有機大豆使用 アーモンド 豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (not genetically modified), sugar, dietary fiber, vegetable oil, almond paste, sun-dried salt/emulsifier, potassium chloride, thickening polysaccharide, flavor, vitamin E extract.

Product contains soybeans and almond.

Photo from website.

sujahta almond soymilk

Sujahta Meiraku Golden Sesame Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans/有機大豆使用 金ごま 豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (not genetically modified), sugar, sesame paste, sun-dried salt/emulsifier, potassium chloride, caramel pigment, thickening polysaccharide, flavor.

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Sujahta Meiraku Hazelnut & Banana Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans/有機大豆使用 ヘーゼルナッツ&バナナ 豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or America) (not genetically modified), sugar, dietary fiber, rice oil, banana puree, hazelnut paste, sun-dried salt/emulsifier, potassium chloride, thickening polysaccharides, flavoring, coloring (safflower yellow, carotene).

Product contains soybeans and bananas. 

Photo from website.

Sujahta Meiraku Hazelnut & Banana Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans

Sujahta Meiraku Kinako Roasted Soybean Flour Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans/スジャータ めいらく有機大豆使用 きなこ 豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or America), sugar (brown sugar, sanontou sugar), vegetable oil, powdered starch syrup, organic roasted soybean flour, sun-dried salt/cellulose, emulsifier, flavoring, polysaccharide thickener.

Photo from website.

Sujahta Meiraku Kinako Roasted Soybean Flour Soymilk Beverage with Organic Soybeans

You might see an image of one of the following versions of older packaging when ordering online. The ingredient lists of both are the same and identical to the current version except they say “organic soybeans (not genetically modified)” instead of “organic soybeans (Canada or America).” 

Sujahta Kinako Soymilk

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Sujahta Meiraku Organic Adjusted Soymilk/スジャータ めいらく 有機大豆使用 おいしい調製豆乳.  Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or USA) (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, sugar, salt/calcium carbonate, emulsifier, flavoring, calcium phosphate, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide).

Uses 100% organic soybeans. Contains calcium equivalent to milk (220 mg per 200 ml). Contains soybean-derived GABA. Photo from website.

The website states (from autotranslate):  “If you are allergic to soy (soy milk), please do not take it.
Even if you do not have allergic symptoms with other soy foods, there are very rare cases of onset. We recommend that you try a small amount when drinking for the first time.”

sujahta adjusted soymilk

The following product contains 15 grams of soy protein. It isn’t clear what the source is of the vitamin B6 in the Cocoa flavor. 

Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Cocoa Flavored/スジャータ めいらく SOY PROTEIN ココア味. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or America) (not genetically modified), sugar, vegetable protein, sun-dried salt, vegetable oil/flavoring, thickening polysaccharides, emulsifier, cacao pigment, iron pyrophosphate, sweeteners (acesulfame potassium, sucralose), vitamin B6.

Product contains soybeans. 

Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Cocoa Flavored    Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Cocoa Flavored Ingredient List        

Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Banana/スジャータ めいらく SOY PROTEIN バナナ. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (Canada or America) (not genetically modified), sugar, vegetable protein, banana puree, vegetable oil/cellulose, flavoring, coloring (safflower yellow, carotene), thickening polysaccharides, emulsifier, sweetener (sucralose).

Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Banana    Sujahta Meiraku Soy Protein Banana ingredient list

TopValu Adjusted Soymilk/トップバリュ 調整豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans, sugars (sugar, starch syrup), vegetable oil, salt/emulsifier, flavoring.

The company has stated that although they don’t sell specifically vegan products, there are no animal ingredients in the product and that the emulsifier comes from palm oil.

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According to the company’s customer service, the emulsifier in the following product uses palm-derived glycerin fatty acid ester. They also stated that right now, they are not selling any products as vegan. However, they stated that this product does not contain any animal products. 

TopValu Slightly Sweet, Easy to Drink Soymilk/トップバリュほんのり甘く飲みやすい調整豆乳. Ingredients: Soybeans (Canada), sugars (sugar, starch syrup), vegetable oil, salt/emulsifier, flavor.

Photo from website. 

TopValu Slightly Sweet, Easy to Drink Adjusted Soymilk

T’s Soy Milk is sold exclusively at Tully’s cafes. The maker is Fukuren. The emulsifier is reported to be of vegetable origin per information from customer service.

T’s Soy Milk/T’s ソイミルク. Ingredients: Soybeans (America, not genetically modified), sanontou sugar, vegetable oil, salt/calcium lactate, emulsifier, pH adjuster, flavoring, stabilizer (carageenan).

Product contains soy.

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Yakult soy beverages sometimes turn up in vending machines.

•  Yakult Rakkumi Banana Soymilk Drink/ヤクルト ラックミー バナナ. Ingredients: Soybeans (not genetically modified), high-fructose corn syrup, banana juice, salt, flavor, emulsifier, acidulant.

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There is also a coffee flavor that occasionally turns up in stores.

•  Yakult Rakkumi Coffee Soymilk Drink/ヤクルト ラックミー コーヒー. Ingredients: Soybeans (not genetically modified), high-fructose corn syrup, coffee, salt, flavor, caramel pigment, emulsifier, sweetener (Stevia), vitamin E.

Photo from website.

Yakult Coffee Rakkumi Soymilk Drink

ALMOND MILK

Almond milk in Japan is a bit harder to find than soymilk. As with the soymilk, it is unclear whether all the ingredients are plant-based. First we’ll list some of the almond milks which appear to possibly be free of animal ingredients, then move on to listing some that are not.

Canned Almond Breeze sometimes turns up in vending machines.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンドミルク. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, dextrin, salt/phosphate (calcium, sodium), cellulose, emulsifier, stabilizer (xanthan), antioxidant (vitamin C), flavoring, vitamin E.

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As of April 2021, there’s another canned version of Almond Breeze on the Pokka Sapporo website marked “new.” This one is vanilla-flavored:

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Slightly Sweetened/アーモンド・ブリーズ やさしい甘さのアーモンドミルク. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), almond paste, dextrin, salt/phosphate (calcium, sodium), cellulose, emulsifier, stabilizer (xanthan), antioxidant (vitamin C), flavoring, vitamin E.

Product includes almonds. 

Photo from website. 

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The following item has been replaced by a newer version in different packaging. You might still see this old product image when ordering online. 

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Almond & Coconut/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンド&ココナッツ. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, edible coconut oil, salt/calcium lactate, cellulose, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), vitamin E, pH adjuster, flavoring.

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Here is the newer version. The photo was taken April 2021 in a branch of MyBasket. 

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Almond & Coconut/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンド&ココナッツ. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically manufactured), almond paste, edible coconut oil, salt/calcium lactate, cellulose, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), vitamin E, pH adjuster, flavoring.

Product contains almonds.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Almond & Coconut

The following item has been replaced by a newer version in different packaging. You might still see this old product image when ordering online. 

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Coffee Taste/アーモンド・ブリーズ コーヒーテイスト. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, dextrin, malt extract, vegetable oil, instant coffee, salt/calcium lactate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, pH adjusting agent, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), vitamin E, flavoring.

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Here is the newer version.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Coffee Taste/アーモンド・ブリーズ コーヒーテイスト. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically manufactured), almond paste, dextrin, malt extract, vegetable oil, instant coffee, salt/calcium lactate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, pH adjusting agent, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), vitamin E, flavoring.

Product contains almonds.

Photo from website.

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Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original/アーモンド・ブリーズ オリジナル. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, salt/calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizer (gellan), cellulose, vitamin E, flavoring.

Photo from website.

Pokka Sapporo Almond Breeze Original

Also available in a 1L size. 

Photo from website. 

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The previous version of this product in different packaging is shown below. You might still see this old product image when ordering online.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original/アーモンド・ブリーズ オリジナル. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, vegetable oil, salt/calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), emulsifier, vitamin E, flavoring.

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Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンドミルク 砂糖不使用.Ingredients: Almond paste (manufactured in America), dextrin, vegetable oil, salt/calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizing agent (gellan), cellulose, vitamin E.

Product contains almonds.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened

Also available in a 1L size. 

Photo from website.

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The previous versions of this product in different packaging are shown below. You might still see these old product images when ordering online.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンドミルク 砂糖不使用.Ingredients: Almond paste, dextrin, vegetable oil, salt/calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizing agent (gellan), cellulose, vitamin E.

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Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンドミルク 砂糖不使用.Ingredients: Almond paste, dextrin, salt/calcium phosphate, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), potassium citrate, emulsifier, vitamin E.

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Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Clear Taste/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンドミルク クリアテイスト. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), almond paste, salt/emulsifier, antioxidant (vitamin C), stabilizer (xanthan), flavoring, cellulose, vitamin E.

Product includes almonds.

Photo from website. 

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The Bridge La Famiglia Organic Bio Pure Almond milk from Italy can be found at nicer retail outlets such as Natural Lawson. It says “vegan,” “gluten-free” and “no sugar” on the package.

The Bridge La Famiglia Organic Bio Pure Almond. Ingredient: Organic almonds.

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Glico Almond Effects – Coffee Flavor/Glicoアーモンド効果 香ばしコーヒ. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, dietary fiber (inulin), instant coffee, salt, processed almond oil, cellulose, calcium citrate, flavoring, pH adjuster, emulsifier, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E, sweetener (acesulfame K, sucralose).

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

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This product has recently been repackaged, and the ingredient list of the new version is different. The new version is shown below.

Glico Almond Effects – Coffee Flavor/Glicoアーモンド効果 香ばしコーヒ. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, dietary fiber (inulin), coffee extract, salt, processed almond oil/flavoring, pH adjuster, cellulose, calcium citrate, emulsifier, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

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Glico Almond Effects Fragrant Chocolate/グリコ アーモンド効果 薫るカカオ. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, dietary fiber (inulin), cocoa powder, salt, processed almond oil/ thickener (processed starch), cellulose, calcium citrate, emulsifier, flavoring, pH adjuster, hesperidin, vitamin E, sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame potassium).

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

This product has recently changed packaging. The old packaging is shown first, and the new packaging is shown second.

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Glico Almond Effects – No Sugar/Glicoアーモンド効果砂糖不使用. Ingredients: Almond paste, dietary fiber (inulin), table salt, processed almond oil/cellulose, calcium citrate, pH adjuster, emulsifier, flavoring, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E, sweetener (sucralose).

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

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There is also a newer version of the same product that lacks the sucralose.

Glico Almond Effects – No Sugar/Glicoアーモンド効果砂糖不使用. Ingredients: Almond paste, dietary fiber (inulin), table salt, processed almond oil/pH adjuster, cellulose, calcium citrate, emulsifier, flavoring, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

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Glico Almond Effects – No Sugar Coffee/Glico アーモンド効果 <砂糖不使用コーヒー>. Ingredients: Almond paste, dietary fiber (inulin), dextrin, instant coffee, vegetable oil, salt, processed almond oil/cellulose, thickener (modified starch), calcium citrate, flavor, emulsifier, pH adjuster, coloring agent (caramel), vitamin E, sweetener (sucralose)

Photo from website.

Glico No Sugar Coffee Almond Milk

Glico Almond Effects – Salted Almond/Glico アーモンド効果 <ソルティアーモンド>. Ingredients: Almond paste, dietary fiber (inulin), salt, processed almond oil/pH stabilizer, cellulose, calcium citrate, emulsifier, flavoring, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

Contains none of the 27 allergens.

Limited-edition flavor.

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Glico Almond Effects Tasty Coffee Almond Milk/アーモンド効果 TASTY Coffee Almondmilk. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, dextrin, coffee dietary fiber (inulin, polydextrose), high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, salt, processed almond oil product/cellulose, pH adjusting agent, emulsifier, flavor, antioxidant (vitamin C), thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

Photo from website.

Glico Almond Effects Tasty Coffee Almond Milk

Glico Almond Effects Tasty Creamy Almond Milk/アーモンド効果 TASTY Creamy Almondmilk. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, dextrin, dietary fiber (inulin), high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, salt, processedalmond oil product/cellulose, pH adjusting agent, emulsifier, flavor, antioxidant (vitamin C), thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

Photo from website.

Glico Almond Effects Tasty Creamy Almond Milk

As of May 2020, Bio C’ Bon supermarkets and some branches of Aeon supermarkets started carrying imported Isola Bio non-dairy milks.

The Isola Bio Almond Unsweetened Drink is marked “for vegans” on the Isola Bio website (English).

Isola Bio Almond Unsweetened Drink. Ingredients: Water, Italian almonds* (5%), sea salt. (*= organic)

May contain traces of other nuts.

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Almond Unsweetened Drink

The following product was newly released as of early 2021 and was found in a Gyomu Supa supermarket branch in Kyushu. “Kyushu Dairy” is the name of the company and does not indicate that there is dairy milk or dairy components in the product.  It says 乳成分不使用/chichiseibun fushiyou/milk ingredients not used on the front of the package. The product page indicates it is free of the 28 allergenic substances, of course with the exception of almonds.

Kyushu Dairy Almond Milk/九州乳業  アーモンドミルク. Ingredients: Almond paste, starch syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, salt/cellulose, emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), pH adjusting agent, vitamin E.

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Contains almonds.

Mand’or Almond Drink Mandorla Classico and Mandorla Light & Calcio, imported from Italy, were found in a branch of Seijo Ishii grocery store. Both say “100% Vegetale,” meaning “100% Vegetable,” on the front of the package. Sucrestere, the emulsifier in the Classico product, appears to be a brand name of an emulsifier consisting of sucrose and vegetable oils and no animal materials.

Mand’or Almond Drink Mandorla Classico. Ingredients: Water, sugar, almonds (8%), emulsifier: sucrestere, natural flavors.

Mand’or Almond Drink Mandorla Light & Calcio. Ingredients: Water, cane sugar, roasted almonds (4%), calcium carbonate (0.3%), locust bean gum, natural flavors.

The package of the Light & Calcio version states that “one portion contain 30% of calcium according to RI.”

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Marusan Everyday Delicious Roasted Almond Milk, No Sugar Added/マルサン 毎日おいしいローストアーモンドミルク. Ingredients: Almond paste, dietary fiber (polydextrose), edible almond oil, salt, processed almond extract, processed almond oil/cellulose, emulsifier, flavoring, pH adjusting agent, vitamin E, stabilizer (gellan), sweetener (sucralose).

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All varieties of 137 degrees milk listed here say suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant, no soy content, dairy free, carrageenan free, gluten-free, and low sodium on the package. They have been found at Natural Lawson and Peacock stores. There are almond, walnut, and pistachio varieties.

• 137 degrees Almond Milk/137ディグリーズ アーモンドミルク オリジナル. Ingredients: Almond milk, sunflower seeds, coconut flower nectar.

 137 degrees Iced Coffee Latte/137ディグリーズ アーモンドミルク ラテ. Ingredients: Fresh almond milk 75% (from whole almonds grown in California, USA), espresso shot 20%, organic coconut flower nectar 5%.

Processed at 137 degrees for several seconds to preserve as much nutrition as possible and keep the beverage fresh. Sweetened with organic coconut nectar produced locally and sustainably in Thailand to help revitalize farming communities.

137 degrees non-dairy almond milks    137 degrees back of package almond milks

This drink was found in a branch of Family Mart in September 2020. Note that euglena is considered to be neither a plant nor an animal, but a single-celled protist.

• Pokka Sapporo Almond Breeze Almond Milk and Euglena/W ドブルサポート アーモンドミルク & ユーグレナ. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, dextrin, vegetable oil, salt, Euglena gracilis powder, calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizer (gellan), flavoring, vitamin E.

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Sujahta Meiraku makes a crossover almond-soymilk beverage.

Sujahta Meiraku Almond Soymilk Drink with Organic Soybeans/スジャータ めいらく有機大豆使用 アーモンド 豆乳飲料. Ingredients: Organic soybeans (not genetically modified), sugar, dietary fiber, vegetable oil, almond paste, sun-dried salt/emulsifier, potassium chloride, thickening polysaccharide, flavor, vitamin E extract.

Product contains soybeans and almond.

Photo from website.

sujahta almond soymilk

Tsukuba Thick Almond Milk can be found in health food stores and some branches of Natural Lawson convenience stores (not regular Lawson).

• Tsukuba Thick Almond Milk, Plain (no sugar)/ツクバ濃いアーモンドミルク まろやかプレーンー 砂糖不使用. Ingredients: Almonds (from U.S.A.), pH adjuster, thickener (gellan).

• Tsukuba Thick Almond Milk, Aromatic Roasted (no sugar) /ツクバ濃いアーモンドミルク~香りばさしのローストー 砂糖不使用. Ingredients: Almonds (from U.S.A.), pH adjuster, thickener (gellan).

• Tsukuba Thick Almond Milk, Lightly Flavored with Brown Sugar/ ツクバ濃いアーモンドミルク~ほんのりの黒糖入り~. Ingredients: Almonds (from U.S.A.), powdered syrup, brown sugar. Additives: pH adjuster, emulsifier, thickener (gellan).

All three varieties are also available in a 1L size on Amazon Japan (English), Plain (no sugar) , Aromatic Roasted Fragrance (no sugar), and  Lightly Flavored with Brown Sugar.

There are also more varieties available directly on the Tsukuba Dairy page.

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Now let’s look at a few items that contain animal ingredients.

• Glico Almond Effects TASTY Almond & Walnut/グリコ アーモンド効果テイスティAlmond & Walnut is not vegan as it has honey, ハチミツ/hachimitsu.

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The three Glico almond milks below are not vegan as they all contain honey:

Glico Almond Effects/Glico アーモンド効果. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, dietary fiber (inulin), dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, salt, vegetable oil, processed almond oil, cellulose, calcium citrate, pH adjuster, flavoring, emulsifier, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E, sweeteners (thaumatin, sucralose).

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Glico Almond Effects Original/Glico アーモンド効果 オリジナル. Ingredients: Almond paste, sugar, dietary fiber (inulin), dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, vegetable oil, salt, processed almond oil/pH adjuster, flavoring, cellulose, calcium citrate, emulsifier, thickener (xanthan gum), vitamin E.

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• Glico Almond Effects Three-Nut/Glico アーモンド効果3の種ナツ.

The old packaging is shown on the left, and the new packaging is shown on the right.

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Topvalu Almond Milk/トップバリュ アーモンドミルク (Aeon house brand) is confirmed NOT to be vegan . It’s been reported variously that customer service said it contains a pork-based emulsifier, and by the blog Vegana no Japão (now defunct), that customer service said it has pork and dairy not in the emulsifier, but in some other part of the ingredients. It’s sold in three varieties, sweetened, unsweetened, and Cafe Chocolat. They are shown from left to right below. The sweetened variety also contains honey (はちみつ). Some information courtesy of Vegana no Japão.

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Now let’s look at some of the types of non-dairy milk that are more rarely found in mainstream stores in Japan.

BARLEY MILK

As of May 2020, Bio C’ Bon supermarkets and some branches of Aeon supermarkets started carrying imported Isola Bio non-dairy milks.

The Isola Bio Barley Original Drink is marked “for vegans” on the Isola Bio website (English).

Isola Bio Barley Original Drink/Isola Bioオガーニックバーリー(大麦)ミルク. Ingredients: Water, Italian barley* (17%), cold-pressed sunflower oil*, sea salt. (*=organic).

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Barley Original Drink

COCONUT MILK

Coconut milk drinks produced in Japan generally have dairy added. It might not be worth wasting time searching for one that does not. Here are a few that we have found that do not list dairy as an ingredient.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Almond & Coconut/アーモンド・ブリーズ アーモンド&ココナッツ. Ingredients: Sugar, almond paste, edible coconut oil, salt/calcium lactate, cellulose, potassium citrate, emulsifier, stabilizer (thickening polysaccharide), vitamin E, pH adjuster, flavoring.

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The company Elby made a drink called Coconut Habits that was very briefly available in Natural Lawson, however, it may have been discontinued. The package reads “乳成分不使用/dairy products not used.” Stock of the coffee flavor is still available on Rakuten Ichiba as of May 2020. For those who do not live in Japan, products sold on Rakuten Ichiba can be shipped to other countries via Rakuten Global Express (English).

• Elby Coconut Habits/エルビー ココナッツ習慣. Ingredients: Coconut milk, sugar, dietary fiber, soy protein, coconut oil, yeast extract powder/emulsifier, flavoring, sweetener (stevia), ferric pyrophosphate. (Includes soybeans.)

When asked if their flavoring and emulsifier were animal or vegetable derived and if their sugar was bone-char processed, they responded that they don’t use any animal products in the raw materials of this product.

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We did not specifically inquire about the coffee flavor. The ingredient list is the same, except for the addition of coffee, salt, and pH stabilizer. The package reads “乳成分不使用/dairy products not used.”

• Elby Coconut Habits Mellow Coffee/エルビー ココナッツ習慣まろやかコーヒー. Ingredients: Coconut milk, sugar, dietary fiber, coffee, soy protein, coconut oil, salt, yeast extract powder/emulsifier, flavoring, pH stabilizer, sweetener (stevia), ferric pyrophosphate. (Includes soybeans.)

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Here is an example of a coconut milk beverage produced in Japan that is not vegan because it has dairy added.

Bourbon Oishii Coconut Milk Almond Taste/Bourbon おいしいココナッツミルクアーモンド味. Ingredients: 砂糖、ココナッツミルク粉末、アーモンド粉末、食塩、デキストリン、乳化剤、香料(乳由来)、セルロース、カゼインNa(乳由来)、安定剤(キサンタン)、甘味料(アセスルファムK)酸化防止剤(抽出VE)

香料(乳由来) is flavoring (dairy-derived) and カゼインNa(乳由来) is sodium caseinate (dairy-derived).

Bourbon Oishii Coconut Milk Almond Taste

This Family Mart Tapioca Coconut Milk drink, manufactured by Elbee, is also not vegan as it has collagen peptides/コラーゲンペプチド/corāgen pepuchido, defatted powdered milk/脱脂粉乳/dasshifun’nyū, sodium caseinate/カゼインナトリウム/kazein’natoriumu, squid ink/イカ墨/ikasumi (as a colorant), and shellfish calcium/貝カルシウム/kai karushiumu.

Family Mart Tapioca Coconut Milk    Family Mart Tapioca Coconut Milk back of package

Import brands may be a better bet. Here are some imported coconut milk drinks that you may find in stores.

As of May 2020, Bio C’ Bon supermarkets and some branches of Aeon supermarkets started carrying imported Isola Bio non-dairy milks.

The Isola Bio Coconut Unsweetened Drink is marked “for vegans” on the Isola Bio website (English).

Isola Bio Coconut Unsweetened Drink/Isola Bio オーガニックココナッツドリンク 砂糖不使用.Ingredients: Water, coconut milk* (8%) (coconut (4,8%), water, thickener: guar gum*), rice starch*, Lithothamnium Calcareum algae (0,3%), stabilisers: guar gum*, xanthan gum, carrageenan, natural coconut flavour*, sea salt. (*=organic)

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Coconut Unsweetened Drink

Malee Coconut Milk Drink with Coconut Water, imported from Thailand, says “suitable for vegans” on the back of the package.

• Malee Coconut Milk Drink with Coconut Water.

Photo from website.

Malee Coconut Milk Drink with Coconut Water

Gyomu Supermarket is selling Thai Coco coconut almond milk/beverage.

• Thai Coco Coconut Almond/ココナッツアーモンドミルク. Ingredients: Coconut water, coconut milk, almond paste, salt/emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavor, sweetener (Acesulfame K, stevia).

Made in Thailand.

thai coco coconut milk (2)    thai coco coconut milk back of package

• Thai Coco Coconut Sesame/ココナッツセサミミルク. Ingredients: Coconut water, coconut milk, black sesame paste, salt/emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavor, sweetener (Acesulfame K, stevia).

Product contains sesame.

Made in Thailand.

gyomu supa thai coco coconut sesame beverage    gyomu supa thai coco coconut sesame beverage ingredient list

MACADAMIA NUT MILK

The front of the package on these Kikkoman Macadamia Milk products reads “cow’s milk and soymilk not used/牛乳・豆乳不使用/gyūnyū tōnyū fushiyou.”

Kikkoman has stated that they do use bone-char processed sugar in their soymilk drinks, so the same may be true for these macadamia milk drinks.

Under pressure from PETA, Kikkoman agreed to stop animal testing as of 2015, except when accountable to public safety or to comply with the demands of government authorities.

Their animal testing policy is here (English).

•  Kikkoman Macadamia Milk, No Sugar/キッコマン マカダミアミルク 砂糖 不使用. Ingredients: Macadamia nut paste (macadamia nuts (Australia)), water-soluble dietary fiber, rice oil, sun-dried salt, agar/emulsifier, thickener (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), pH adjusting agent, flavoring, vitamin E.

Photo from website.

Kikkoman Macadamia Nut Milk no sugar

•  Kikkoman Macadamia Milk, Original/キッコマン マカダミアミルク オリジナル. Ingredients: Macadamia nut paste (macadamia nuts (Australia)), sugar, water-soluble dietary fiber, rice oil, sun-dried salt, agar/emulsifier, thickener (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), pH adjusting agent, flavoring, vitamin E.

Kikkoman Macadamia Nut Milk    Kikkoman Macadamia Nut Milk ingredient list

OAT MILK/OAT BEVERAGES

Some Aeon supermarkets began stocking Alpro in 2019.

Like the Alpro Soya Unsweetened, both Alpro Oat and Alpro Oat Unsweetened contain 120 mg of calcium and 0.38 µg of vitamin B12 per 100ml.

Alpro Oat is slighly sweetened with naturally occurring sugars. It does not have added sugars.

•  Alpro Oat. Ingredients: Oat base (Water, Oat (9.8%)), Chicory root fibre, Sunflower oil, Calcium (Tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Vitamins (B2, B12, D2)

alpro oat

Although the ingredient list appears a little different, it’s possible that is just due to quirks of labeling laws and the product shown below may be identical to the one above.

Alpro Oat Original/アルプロ たっぷり食物繊維 オーツミルク.

Alpro Oat front of package    Alpro Oat ingredient list

Alpro Oat Unsweetened has no added sugars and no sweeteners.

•  Alpro Oat Unsweetened. Oat base (Water, Oat (8.7%)), Chicory root fibre, Sunflower oil, Calcium (Calcium carbonate), Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Vitamins (B2, B12, D2)

alpro oat unsweetened

The same goes for the unsweetened oat milk. Although the ingredient list appears a little different, it’s possible that is just due to quirks of labeling laws and the product shown below may be identical to the one above.

Alpro Unsweetened Oat Milk/アルプロ たっぷり食物繊維 オーツミルク 砂糖不使用.

Alpro no sugar added oat milk

The following series of products is from Coca-Cola and according to their press/news release, was launched 3/29/2021 in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Niigata, Aichi, Gifu, and Mie.

•  Go Good Oatmilk, Oat Cafe Latte/GO:GOOD おいしいオーツ麦ミルク オーツカフェラテ. Ingredients: Oat concentrate (domestically produced), coffee, sugar, sunflower oil, salt/flavoring, emulsifier, phosphate (potassium, calcium), cellulose, stabilizer (gellan gum, carrageenan).

Photo from website. 

Go Good Oatmilk, Oat Cafe Latte

•  Go Good Oatmilk, Smooth Plain/GO:GOOD おいしいオーツ麦ミルク なめらかプレーン. Ingredients: Oat concentrate (domestically produced), oat extract powder, sunflower oil, dietary fiber (inulin), salt/emulsifier, phosphate (potassium, calcium), stabilizer (gellan gum).

Photo from website. 

Go Good Oatmilk, Smooth Plain

•  Go Good Oatmilk, Strong/GO:GOOD おいしいオーツ麦ミルク こっくり濃いめ. Ingredients: Oat concentrate (domestically produced), oat extract powder, sunflower oil, salt/emulsifier, phosphate (potassium, calcium), stabilizer (gellan gum).

Photo from website. 

Go Good Oatmilk, Strong

Ikea is selling vegan oat smoothies in-store for 259 jpy until March 26th, 2019 or until supplies last. Per VegNews, the smoothies “come with a message urging customers to choose oats over dairy.”

• Ikea Munsbit Apple, Pear and Ginger Oat Smoothie 

• Ikea Munsbit Blackcurrant, Blueberry and Acerola Oat Smoothie

PISTACHIO MILK

All varieties of 137 degrees milk listed here say suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant, no soy content, dairy free, carrageenan free, gluten-free, and low sodium on the package. They have been found at Natural Lawson and Peacock stores. There are almond, walnut, and pistachio varieties.

• 137 degrees Double Belgian Chocolate with Pistachio Milk/137ディグリーズ ベルギーチョコピスタチオミルク. Ingredients: Fresh pistachio milk 60% (from whole pistachios), , cashew blend 36%, cocoa from Belgium 2%, organic coconut flower nectar 2%.

• 137 degrees Pistachio Milk/137ディグリーズ ピスタチオミルク オリジナル. Ingredients: Pistachio milk, cashew nut milk, sunflower seeds, coconut flower nectar.

Processed at 137 degrees for several seconds to preserve as much nutrition as possible and keep the beverage fresh. Sweetened with organic coconut nectar produced locally and sustainably in Thailand to help revitalize farming communities.

137 degrees non-dairy pistachio milks    137 degrees back of package pistachio milks

RICE MILK

As of May 2020, Bio C’ Bon supermarkets and some branches of Aeon supermarkets started carrying imported Isola Bio non-dairy milks.

The Isola Bio Rice Calcium Drink, Rice Coconut Drink and Rice Hazelnut Drink are all marked “for vegans” on the Isola Bio website (English).

•  Isola Bio Rice Calcium Drink/Isola Bio オガーニックライス&カルシウムミルク. Ingredients: Water, Italian rice* (17%), cold-pressed sunflower oil*, seaweed Lithothamnium Calcareum (0,4%),  sea salt. (*=organic)

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Rice Calcium Drink

Isola Bio Rice Coconut Drink/Isola Bio オガーニックライス&ココナッツミルク. Ingredients: Water, rice* (17%), coconut milk* (4%) (coconut* (60%), water, thickener: guar gum*), natural coconut flavour, sea salt. (*= organic)

May contain traces of other nuts.

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Rice Coconut Drink

Isola Bio Rice Hazelnut Drink/Isola Bio オガーニックライスミルク ヘーゼルナッツ味. Ingredients: Water, rice* (17%), hazelnuts* (3%), sea salt. (*= organic).

May contain traces of other nuts.

Photo from website.

Isola Bio Rice Hazelnut Drink

SESAME MILK

As of February 2020, some AEON stores started carrying Busco sesame milk. It’s clearly marked vegan on the Busco website.

Made in Thailand.

Photos from website.

busco sesame milk (2)

The ingredient list for both the products is the same.

• Busco White Sesame Milk/ごまミルク. Ingredients: White sesame / black sesame (Thailand), maltodextrin, polydextrose, sugar/emulsifier, sodium citrate, stabilizer (gellan gum).

Product contains sesame.

Photo from website.

white and black sesame seed milk (4)

• Busco Black Sesame Milk/黒ごまミルク. Ingredients: White sesame / black sesame (Thailand), maltodextrin, polydextrose, sugar/emulsifier, sodium citrate, stabilizer (gellan gum).

Product contains sesame.

Photo from website.

white and black sesame seed milk (5)

WALNUT MILK

All varieties of 137 degrees milk listed here say suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant, no soy content, dairy free, carrageenan free, gluten-free, and low sodium on the package. They have been found at Natural Lawson and Peacock stores. There are almond, walnut, and pistachio varieties.

 137 degrees Matcha Green Tea Latte/137ディグリーズ ウォールナッツ抹茶ラテ. Ingredients: Walnut milk, sunflower seeds, matcha, coconut flower nectar.

• 137 degrees Walnut Milk/137ディグリーズ ウォールナッツミルクオリジナル. Ingredients: Walnut milk, sunflower seeds, coconut flower nectar.

Processed at 137 degrees for several seconds to preserve as much nutrition as possible and keep the beverage fresh. Sweetened with organic coconut nectar produced locally and sustainably in Thailand to help revitalize farming communities.

137 degrees non-dairy walnut milks    137 degrees back of package walnut milks

FLAVORED DRINK POWDER

These flavored drink mixes from Marukome can be mixed with non-dairy milk instead of cow’s milk. They can be purchased on Amazon Japan. No cow’s milk is listed as an ingredient in the actual product.

Marukome Soybean Laboratories Banana Flavored Powder To Mix with Milk/ダイズラボ 牛乳にまぜる大豆パウダー バナナ風味. Ingredients: Soybean powder (manufactured domestically), sugar, banana powder, vegetable oil, salt, starch/silicon oxide, flavoring, coloring (gardenia), emulsifier.

Product includes soybeans and banana.

Photo from website.

Marukome Daizu Labo Soybean Powder to Mix with Milk, Banana Flavor

Marukome Soybean Laboratories Strawberry Flavored Powder To Mix with Milk/ダイズラボ 牛乳にまぜる大豆パウダー いちご風味. Ingredients: Soybean powder (manufactured domestically), sugar, strawberry juice powder, starch, vegetable oil, salt/silicon oxide, flavoring, acidulant, colorant (Monascus purpureus, berry pigment), emulsifier.

Product contains soybeans.

Photo from website.

Marukome Soybean Laboratories Strawberry Flavored Powder To Mix with Milk

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23 thoughts on “Soy, Almond & Other Non-Dairy Milks

  1. Alyssa

    I’ve been told by a Japanese vegan that nyukazai is ok for vegan. I can’t remember how to explain it but it’s similar to “lactic acid” wich is bacteria and not dairy related. Any more information? I’m quite scared now.

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Don’t be scared! There is a lot of great vegan food in Japan 🙂 About nyukazai, the English translation is ’emulsifier’, which as you may know is just something that helps two liquids mix (e.g. oil and water). Emulsifiers can be from an animal (e.g. egg) or a plant (e.g. soy lecithin). There is quite a good explanation of emulsifiers here: http://www.foodadditivesworld.com/emulsifiers.html It seems that unfortunately we won’t know whether the emulsifier used is vegan unless we contact the manufacturer.

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  2. buzzinjapan

    I had no idea there was cream and yogurt available! I’ve only had the Kibun Tōnyū by Kikkoman, of which the banana flavour is my favourite. Here is a link to the full range of flavours, which even includes things like pudding and chestnut!

    http://www.k-tounyu.jp/03_lineup/

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  3. Alice

    I believe that almond breeze is vegan in Japan, their FAQ states the following:
    Q: アーモンド・ブリーズは植物性ですか。
    A: はい。動物性や動物由来の原材料は使用していません。

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  4. NewHere

    Where can I buy the Marusan Soy Milk Yogurt? I looked for it in many different supermarkets and I couldn’t find it! Thanks for your help 🙂

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      I’m sorry, we don’t know about the probiotic (if any) in the soy yoghurt. The manufacturer may be able to give you more info. Please let us know if you find out more!

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Hello, thanks for your comment. Glico Almond Effects does have a sugar free option. Avoid the Top Valu sugar free option as it’s been confirmed to have a pork-based emulsifier. We’ve written about them above.

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  5. A vegan

    Hello, I’m a little confused, you mentioned we need to check with the manufacturers about emulsifiers and flavourings, so for the soy milks listed here as vegan, Kikkoman, Marusan, Sujahta, and Glico Effects almond milk, have you already checked that their emulsifiers and flavourings are vegan?
    Also as I was reading about the potato chips, many of those you listed had amino acids flavourings, I am not sure if you have confirmed with the manufacturer if these amino acids are vegan or not? Sorry for not understanding, hope you can let me know if the items you’ve listed are already checked and confirmed that these ingredients are vegan, or I need to check myself with the manufacturers! Thank you for all your hard work here! It’s very helpful!

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Hello. Whenever we’ve confirmed anything, we’ve listed it here. For Kikkoman, they use plant-based emulsifier but the sugar is bone-char processed. We don’t have information on their flavorings. We don’t have information about the emulsifiers/flavorings of the other brands of soymilks. For potato chips, a reader reported that Chip Star Lightly Salted (usushio) used amino acids made of plants when he wrote in to ask. We don’t have information on the amino acids used by other brands. It’s likely amino acids are often made of plants but we cannot confirm that this is true all of the time. Unfortunately, the information available is very limited as the manufacturers generally don’t write it on the label.

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      1. A vegan

        Thank you very much for your reply and for clarifying! I’m happy to know about Chip Star Lightly Salted, and to have confirmation that Kikkoman uses plant-based emulsifier 🙂 though I take note that their sugar is bone-char processed.

  6. Gaelle

    Hi! I’ve been living in Japan for 6 months now and I wanted to thank you for your “Is it vegan?” post, this is so informative and helpful. I just discovered the Soy Protein Latte/ソイプロテインラテ in Lawsons and was super happy about it but you’ve crossed it out on your post. Is the drink vegan? If not, could you explain why? Thanks a lot.

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Hello and thanks for your comment. According to Lawson, they use emulsifier containing glycerin fatty esters from pig fat in the Soy Protein Latte. Pork is a suggested, not mandated, top 27 allergen to label in Japan, but they also stated that due to the manufacturing process, it wouldn’t be required to label it as an allergen anyway, as the allergenic substances are removed in the process. In addition, the sugar in the product is whitened with animal bone char (although it does not remain in the finished product). I have written to them and asked them to create a protein drink without animal ingredients. If you live in Tokyo or nearby, Natural Lawson stores have started to carry some vegan protein products, including “Gron” vegan protein powder. https://isitveganjapan.com/food-on-the-go/natural-lawson/

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Hello, some nicer supermarkets will have imported Provamel. It does have some sweetener though: Provamel calcium fortified. 2.4 g sugar and 120 mg calcium for 100 ml serving size. It seems like it is not fortified with B12. Costco soymilk has 6g sugar (of which 4g is added sugar) but it does have 390mg calcium and 1.2mcg of B12 (all for a 240ml serving size). Bio Rice Drink Calcium from Kodawariya grocery stores: 120mg calcium, 6.6 g sugar per 100 ml. B12 not added. It’s quite sweet. Original Edensoy Extra from upscale or health food stores has sugar 7g, calcium 20% (percent daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet), B12 50% (percent daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet) per 240ml serving. I haven’t heard yet of any unsweetened fortified milks. If I hear of any I will add them to the section.You might wish to supplement the vitamins you’re concerned about separately if you want to drink unsweetened soymilk.

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  8. Anda Penka

    Hello! Just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for such an informative report on plant-based milk types available in Japan. I’m just wondering why there is so little variety of different plant-based milk such as hemp, oat, yellow pea, buckwheat? What are the most popular imported plant-based milk brands?  

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Glad it was helpful. Thanks for the interesting question. Hemp milk is available in a few stores, like upscale stores such as Bio C’ Bon or National Azabu in Tokyo, as well as the occasional health food store, but it runs very pricey due to being an import item. Import items are heavily taxed in Japan. Oat milk is making slight inroads through some trendier cafes and we may see more of it in the future in Japan. I’ve not heard of yellow pea or buckwheat milk, so I can’t give any information on those. Buckwheat (soba) is produced in Japan though, so if drinking it in milk form were ever to be introduced and catch on here, presumably it could be produced locally to bring the cost down.

      For almond milks, Almond Breeze is popular here, but they may have just licensed the name and be producing it locally with imported almonds. They are connected to Pokka Sapporo and I believe Fukuren, a soymilk company, actually does the manufacturing for them. I’m not sure which imported milks have the highest sales. The sales are probably very small in comparison to local brands.

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  9. Anda Penka

    Hi, thanks again for this answer. Appreciate the detailed approach to the feedback. Could you please share your opinion about what is missing in terms of plant-based milk for the Japanese consumer? What’s lack the most?

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    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      I think in general, outside of the vegan and vegetarian community in Japan, there isn’t much familiarity with plant-based milks, other than soy and almond. Now that Alpro’s being imported and sold by AEON, we might start to see a rise in the use of oat milk. Oat milk was also offered by and promoted by Starbucks for a limited period, which recently ended. If consumers in general become more familiar with plant-based milks in general it may drive demand.

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