Export base for farm produce eyed

JIJI

Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari indicated Tuesday that Japan is considering strengthening the competitiveness of its agricultural products for export by using the Food Valley region, a hub for farming and food industries in the Netherlands, as a model.

Japan should consider turning somewhere in the country into an export base for produce, Amari said at a news conference.

Noting that Japanese farm produce is popular overseas for its quality and taste, Amari said the country will promote such factors in order to boost Japanese agriculture. He underscored the need for Japan to export more farm products.

Amari will begin a European tour Wednesday that will take him to the Food Valley region, as well as Denmark’s Medicon Valley, a base for advanced medicine and biotechnology industries.