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Japan’s bipartisan lawmakers seek rice, sake export expansion

A bipartisan group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to expand exports of rice and sake, brewed using Japanese-grown rice, as the domestic consumption of the staple food has continued sliding.

The group held a meeting on May 8 to discuss its major activities in the year starting April 1.

The Japanese agricultural exports broke the 800 billion yen barrier last year for the first time, as washoku or traditional Japanese food is riding a wave of global popularity.

Meanwhile, exporters of Japanese rice and sake have pointed out that high tariffs and other trade barriers impede access to overseas markets, such as Taiwan and China.

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