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The “débutante: New Selection of JAPAN FOODS+” is part of the export promotion project by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to discover promising Japanese products and sell them on a trial basis overseas. Japanese food products that have never been exported, but show promise in fitting the needs of international are selected by professionals with a keen understanding of overseas markets.

Meet the producer

Toshikazu OKADA

USA Area Producer

Toshikazu OKADA

Director of a food product

After a career at a Japanese food product trading company in their overseas business department, handling the product development of over 100 items, he was recruited to an importing company in Los Angeles, where he conducted new business development and sales for the entire U.S. region, managed their business expansion process, and integrated market development and sales, resulting in 1 billion yen of business.
Currently, he is the director of 5 companies in the U.S., having constructed a food product sales scheme that integrates food importing (OS International), food wholesaling (California Fish), restaurants (Art and Fish), and online sales (ZERO OCEAN). By building alliances with major Japanese food product companies, he has created several markets for Japanese food products in the United States.
2019:Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN
Overseas Market Business Development Support Advisor 2020:2020 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Emergency Funding for Development of Overseas Food Product Markets Project
Market Development Advisor

Yoshitomo GOMI

USA Area Producer

Yoshitomo GOMI

Branch Director, food product importing

Graduated: University of California Los Angeles
Joined the historic Los Angeles seafood wholesaler International Marine Products, Inc. (IMP) at the time of the company’s establishment as one of their first employees. Subsequently, he was involved in several business ventures that had lasting impacts on the history of Japanese food in America, such as a project with the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant—famous for reportedly introducing the world to the California roll—before moving to the East coast.
There, he launched a sushi project with the upscale supermarket chain Wegmans (which operates 80 stores on the East coast), and built a program developing Japanese seafood products for American supermarkets. He also brought to fruition ideas like the “Tsukiji Festival” for Wegmans—Japanese food popup stalls for American supermarkets. After organizing the merger with the Itochu Corporation, he left the company, and arrived at his current post.
Former CEO International Marine Products, Inc.
Former CEO Uoriki Fresh, Inc. USA