Officiated by Negri Sembilan State Education Department deputy director Maznah Abu Bakar, the fiesta was held at the Yakult factory in Oakland Industrial Park and also featured the Ultraman Geed show, the highlight of the event.
Also present was Yakult Honsha Japan vice president and International Business Division head Yoshihiro Kawabata and the top management of Yakult (M) Sdn Bhd, including managing director Hiroshi Hamada, production director Yasuhiko Okubo and factory manager Md Suhaimi Yahaya.
Maznah said she was pleased with Yakult’s efforts to organise the festival annually since 2016.
“This is a good avenue to educate students not only about Japanese culture, but also digestive health and healthy eating.
“We need support from the industry to encourage a healthy lifestyle among children to complement efforts done in school.
“A lack of awareness of eating healthy is part of the cause of high obesity among students,” she said.
According to Kawabata, Yakult has been available in Malaysia since 2004, and the company is grateful to Malaysians for their support and confidence in the product.
“Currently, about 340,000 bottles of Yakult are consumed by Malaysians daily. We will continue to expand our business in order to boost good health to people around the world.
“Yakult is now available in 38 countries worldwide and about 39 million people drink Yakult everyday,” he added.
Hamada said that the event was part of Yakult’s efforts to create awareness of Yakult’s factory tour programme and educate the public on the importance of probiotics and digestive health.
“This fiesta is part of our corporate social responsibility to contribute towards the health and happiness of Malaysians.”
A wide range of Japanese and local foods and beverages were also available from food stalls and mobile food trucks.
Visitors had a chance to meet Yakult brand ambassadors Jack Lim, Fara Fauzana and Nabil Ahmad while the children took pictures with Ultraman Geed.
The carnival-like atmosphere was further amped-up by a cosplay competition, free popcorn and cotton candy, as well as Yakult mascots.
Yakult factory tours are conducted daily on weekdays and selected Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Booking can be made at www.yakult.com.my.
Since the factory began in 2004, about 200,000 people have visited the plant, from preschoolers to senior citizens, private organisations, government agencies and educational institutions.
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