• Kyodo


Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate on a calorific intake basis slipped to 39 percent in fiscal 2010, down 1 percentage point from a year earlier, dropping beneath the 40 percent line for the first time in four years, the farm ministry said Thursday.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry blamed the decline mainly on falls in domestic production of wheat and beet sugar. The ratio skidded for the second consecutive year.

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