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The chef, the bartender, the sake brewer and the entrepreneur

Four women at the forefront of Japanese gastronomy

From left, the Chef, Natsuko Shoji; the Bartender, Yukiyo Kurihara; The Sake Brewer. Kuniko Mukai; The Entrepreneur, Food Loss Bank CEO Sakiko Yamada. (Source photos by Yuki Kohara, Ken Kobayashi and courtesy of Black Market Sake)

TOKYO -- Japan may lag behind other developed countries when it comes to gender equality in the boardroom, but more and more women are taking the lead in hospitality, an increasingly important sector for Japan's economy.

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