The nation’s ability to feed itself remained at 40 percent on a calorie basis in fiscal 2000, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Wednesday.

Based on data released by the ministry and statistics compiled by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in 1999, Japan’s food self-sufficiency ranks 129th out of 178 countries and 28th among the 30 members of the OECD.

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