Do you feel that it’s too hard to find vegan food in Japanese stores? Confused by labels that don’t show animal ingredients, but when you write to the manufacturer to check, they tell you that fish powder or other animal ingredients are actually included but not written on the label, because the amounts are small? Sign the petition from Vegan Consumer Japan, “To Consumer Affairs Agency: Japan needs better labeling for vegan/vegetarian products!!” to ask this governmental agency to take urgent action and demand better labeling of vegetarian/vegan products, and to raise awareness of the lack of options that fulfill the needs of vegetarian/vegan consumers among food manufacturers and providers in Japan.
If you are not logged into change.org, it will ask you to fill in your last name, first name, and email address, and then it will attempt to autofill in your postal code. This part appears to display in Japanese even when the rest of the page is in English.
Anyone can sign and share, even if they don’t live in Japan- we gratefully accept signatures from whoever has an interest in this issue.
Let’s work together to help create change.
English version: https://www.change.org/veg_en
Japanese version: https://www.change.org/veg
Update: The petition was passed to the Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan in November, 2019 at the all-party parliamentary group set up at the national governmental level to consider issues of inadequate vegan and vegetarian options and labeling. Find out more information about the parliamentary group from the Asahi Shinbun (English).
Follow Vegan Consumer Japan on Instagram (bilingual), Facebook (bilingual) or their website (English only; Japanese coming soon) to keep up to date with the latest news on the petition, as well as information to make vegan life in Japan safer and easier (like new vegan product releases)!
(Full disclosure: One of the Is it vegan (Japan)? team members is also a member of Vegan Consumer Japan)