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KAGOSHIMA (Kyodo) A lookalike of the coveted “matsutake” mushroom is in high season on Amami Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, with inquiries coming in from Tokyo and other cities about acquiring the cheap substitute for the coveted autumn delicacy.

Called “nise matsutake” (fake matsutake) by locals, the mushroom is identical in shape and feel but lacks the telltale scent that makes it special and expensive.

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