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Japan and growth: Why exporters still see opportunities

Japan and growth: Why exporters still see opportunities

An economy in the doldrums for years, stagnant consumption, a falling population. To some, Japan may not appear the most attractive market for international food companies. Food imports have also fallen in recent years. However, the country still has to import 60% of its food, while export bodies believe there are growth opportunities to exploit. Dean Best reports.

Japan and growth: Interview: Tokyo eyes food export growth by advancing “brand Japan”

Japan and growth: Interview: Tokyo eyes food export growth by advancing “brand Japan”

The Japanese government has set out an ambitious programme to increase food exports. With a focus on high-quality, high-value, products the authorities hope that increasing Japanese food sales internationally will help revitalise the country's lacklustre economy and offset declining domestic consumption. just-food spoke to Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yasuhiro Ozato to find out more.

Japan and growth: Interview: Food multinationals on trading in Japan

Japan and growth: Interview: Food multinationals on trading in Japan

The Japanese food and drink industry is worth US$821.3bn but the country's population is ageing and growth sluggish. Distinctive tastes also mean Japan can be a challenging market and requires careful and innovative thought. Hannah Abdulla speaks to the teams behind three of the global heavyweights in the packaged food industry: Nestle, General Mills and Kellogg to learn how they managed to succeed in the market.