JAPAN: US bento boxes spark protest in Japan
Despite protestations from Japanese farmers and members of the government bento lunch boxes made in the US went on sale for the first time in Tokyo (July 19) today. According to Nippon Restaurant Enterprise Inc. (NRE), a restaurant unit of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), the cheaper-than-average bento's sold well and on the first day 5,100 units were shifted.
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