TOKYO, Dec. 13 — New songs by late Haruo Minami, Japanese iconic enka singer, has been released.
The songs feature Japanese rice flour, a staple food that doesn’t have gluten.
As the incidence of gluten sensitivity and irritable bowel syndrome increases, the global demand for rice flour as a gluten-free alternative to wheat products, such as bread and snack foods, is expected to rise.
So, the Japan Rice Flour Association took a bold step: make a song to tell how rice flour is healthy and good for you.
Seven songs are included in a CD album released on Dec. 13 by Teichiku Entertainment. The Japanese company collaborated with the agriculture ministry and the Japan Rice Flour Association.
The album includes an English version: “Komeko JAPAN! (rice flour Japan)”
The virtual singer, HAL-O-ROID Minami, sings with shynthesizing based on the voice of Haruo Minami, who died in 2001 at age of 77.