Japan’s Fast Food King Says ‘Fast Food Nation’ Is ‘One of The Best Countries To Be’
JAPAN — The king of Japanese fast food is telling fast food fans: Japan is a nation of “fast food.”
As part of an interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei Business, the president of Japanese conglomerate KFC Group Inc., Ichiro Takagi, said “Fast Food nation” is “one of the best countries to be.”
The country has over 10 million fast food restaurants, with about 1.4 billion people in total, and its fast food industry is valued at over $5.7 trillion.
According to Takagi’s speech to the Nikkeis, he said, “I want to say to fast food lovers, please keep eating your fast food.
It is a big part of the Japanese nation.”
In Japan, “fast” means fast food or fast food preparation, but Takagi used the word “fast,” not “fasting” to refer to fast.
Fast food has been an integral part of Japanese culture since the mid-19th century.
The fast food chain, founded by Japanese industrialist Toyotomi Hideyoshi, is known for its fried chicken, pork chop, and hamburger.
The chain has more than 70,000 restaurants worldwide, including restaurants in more than 30 countries.
The majority of fast food outlets in Japan are owned by family-owned companies.