Tokyo Kanazawa and Shizuoka were among the stops made by executive editor Pat Reynolds on his summer trip through Japan. Included was a visit to the Sapporo brewery in Shizuoka where Pat toured the filling line used for the award-winning new aluminum bottle launched by Sapporo last April (see Packaging World magazine August p.10 or search "Sapporo" on this Web site). Shown here is Pat outside the brewery flanked by packaging department general manager Mr. Kouji Nakashima (left) and packaging department director-general manager Mr. Daisaku Kurokawa (right).
Also on the itinerary were visits to a remarkably versatile packaging line installed by cosmetics marketer Kose and two low-acid aseptic PET lines at contract packager Daiwa Can. Upcoming issues of PW magazine as well as this packworld.com Web site will carry feature coverage of the innovative packaging technologies that took Pat to Japan.