Marukome, Inc. (????) is the name of a Japanese miso soup paste producer. Its headquarters are located in the city of Nagano. Marukome accounts for about 13% of the amount of miso produced in Japan each year which makes them one of the top in production volume among 1,500 miso producers in Japan.
As a commercial gimmick, Marukome has organized contests for kids to become "Marukome Boy" (??????) who subsequently represents the company in advertisement. To be a winner, the Marukome Boy should look similar to the company logo of a small boy with a bald head.
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