When Noriki Tamura moved from Japan to Canada in 2005, he planned to open a crepe stand on the streets of Vancouver. But city law at the time allowed food vendors to sell only hot dogs, so Tamura says he regrouped, deciding to "take hot dogs to the next level." In 2006, he opened his first Japa Dog stand featuring Japanese condiments such as wasabi, teriyaki and seaweed. Canadians flocked to his fusion hot dog creations, and today Tamura has three food carts, a fast-food restaurant and plans for franchise locations in three cities.

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