Japan Promotes Food Products In Hong Kong

Japan promotes food products in Hong KongJapanese food companies and industry groups are promoting their products at a trade fair in Hong Kong. They include representatives of Fukushima Prefecture who are marketing the quality of their food products.

More than 240 firms and organizations from Japan are taking part in the 3-day event that opened on Thursday.

Hong Kong is the largest customer for Japanese agricultural products. 22-percent of all exports of farm products are to Hong Kong.

On display are fresh seafood delivered one day after being hauled in Japan. Improved distribution services made it available. Other items on display include wagyu beef, processed food items, and seasoning materials.

Hong Kong continues to regulate imports of vegetables and fruit from 5 prefectures in eastern Japan as a result of the 2011 nuclear accident. The prefectures are Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Chiba.

At a corner set up to introduce food from eastern Japan, representatives of Fukushima and other areas offered samples of locally made liquor and juice to visitors.

One visitor expressed confidence in Japanese food items, saying they are under strict control and she is not worried.

Japanese agricultural minister Yoshimasa Hayashi visited the fair. He stressed the importance of continued sharing with Hong Kong authorities of scientific data that prove Japanese food has undergone checks and has no problem.