Sesame-oil firm sticks to tradition

After 160 years, Kadoya product coveted as the good stuff


Photographs by Bloomberg photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi

Jiro Ozawa, president of Kadoya Sesame Mills Inc.

On a small island known for olives and wild monkeys in western Japan, Rika Onishi spends her days tasting and sniffing sesame oil. She's one of a small group of Kadoya Sesame Mills Inc. employees who make sure the oil always has the same taste and aroma.

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