Restaurateurs are often proud to serve a particular brand of rice to their clientele, but they hardly ever mention where their tea comes from.

To restaurateurs who believe complimentary tea is a way to reward their clientele, we say that good customers will come because of good quality, not freebies.

More so than the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in rice production, the release of radioactive material after the March 11 disaster is a grave issue for Japanese society. We are thorough about the tea we grow at Fujisako Tea Estate being free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We are not only certified by the Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS), but we also conduct systematic inspections to test for radioactive material and residual pesticides. 

Just as with other food industries, the tea industry in particular cannot easily specify information on traceability (tracking the supply chain through all processes of production) within Japan to any degree of certainty. With so many distribution channels for each industry, and not forgetting the red tape that binds them all together, it can be difficult to consider just how the supply chain is related to consumers.

Just because we are JAS certified does not mean that all products of Kyushu are also safe. We believe it is our obligation as a producer and distributor to perform safety tests thoroughly and regularly.