The creation of the Consumer Affairs Agency this fall will transform the way the government operates, focusing on protecting consumers rather than companies, state minister in charge of consumer affairs Seiko Noda said Monday.

In recent years, there have been numerous cases that have alarmed consumers, including pesticide-tainted “gyoza” frozen dumplings imported from China, “konnyaku” jelly leading to suffocation deaths, and the Mikasa Foods tainted rice scandal, Noda said in a talk at the Foreign Press Center Japan.

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