Japan is a subsidiary of Sumiki Bussan Corporation that is listed on First Section of the Tokyo Securities Exchange, Japan. With its interests in imported meats, fishery and Agricultural products including processed products, the Corporation has established strong relationships with prominent overseas packers and production centers that provide integrated services from stock raising to processing. In this way the Corporation always maintained a top share of the market.
Most of the 21,146 Yakiniku shops in Japan use frozen meat in their restaurants. Frozen meat is not as nutritious as chilled fresh meat because the chemical structures are broken down in the freezing process, leading to a loss of amino cid and causing the meat to be dry and tough. As such frozen meat is less tasty and flavorful.