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Japan's new recipe for exports: go global with gourmet delights

#japanesefood is the clarion call for the nation to add a third engine of growth besides cars and electronics

Rice from various parts of Japan line the shelves at a supermarket in Hong Kong, which is the top destination for Japan's food exports, and a model of the potential Japan sees in increasing trade. With just 7 million people, the territory takes almost one-quarter of Japan's food exports.


JAPAN's export engine built around cars and electronics has stalled, but the future could be using the country's gourmet culture to cast itself as a purveyor of high-quality food.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to increase agriculture exports by a third in the next three...