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Japan's 'yakitori' counts down to lift off for outer space

All systems go as canned grilled chicken receives JAXA certification

The canned space food will give Japanese a taste of home, albeit without the ambiance of a local yakitori restaurant.

SHIZUOKA, Japan -- Yakitori, Japan's popular charcoal-grilled chicken, is finding a new nest in outer space as the ubiquitous bar snack receives certification by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

It will not be lifting off on the usual wood skewers, though. Rather, it will be sent into orbit in cans prepared by Hotei Foods Corporation, which is set to launch the snack food next year.

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