Farm, fisheries exports hit record high in 2015 amid rising global demand for Japanese cuisine

Kyodo

Exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products totaled ¥669 billion between January and November last year, shattering the record full-year high of ¥611.7 billion logged in 2014, largely thanks to a global boom in demand for Japanese cuisine, the farm ministry said Thursday.

The government’s aim to expand such exports to ¥700 billion by 2016 appears likely to be achieved in 2015. The total for the eleven-month period grew 22 percent from a year earlier.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry assumes that the increase reflects a rising worldwide demand for Japanese cuisine, an official said.

Exports to Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and the United States were notably high, the preliminary data showed.

Export values of agricultural products grew 24.3 percent to ¥395.6 billion and those of fishery products grew 18.3 percent to ¥249.5 billion, while the figure for forestry products climbed 25.3 percent to ¥23.8 billion.

Of the agricultural products, processed foods and beverages took up over half of the total with a value of ¥198.8 billion, followed by ¥42.3 billion for livestock products and ¥28.8 billion for vegetables and fruits.