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Japan still suffers butter deficit despite trade pact

TPP deal does not do enough to loosen curbs on imports

WEIGHTY ISSUE: Japanese butter sold in Singapore. The shortage could prompt the government to repeat emergency imports, after it shipped in a total of around 20,000 tonnes of such supplies this year and last.


HOPES look set to be dashed that a regional trade pact could end a butter shortage in Japan which has left shelves in some supermarkets empty and prompted others to ration customers to one pack per visit.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal agreed this month between

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