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Japanese food tops six-city survey

Kyodo

Japanese food was chosen as the most popular foreign cuisine in a six-city survey conducted by the Japan External Trade Organization, the government-linked body said Monday.

In the survey covering 3,000 people living in Moscow, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Bangkok, Sao Paulo and Dubai, 38.4 percent said they like Japanese food the most, followed by Italian and Chinese food.

Asked about their impressions of Japanese food, 26.6 percent of respondents said it tastes good and 21.3 percent said it is healthy, while 18.1 percent said it is expensive.

The survey was conducted over the Internet on 500 people in their teens to 50s in each city between Dec. 4 and Dec. 18, JETRO said. The six cities subject to the survey are large importers of food from Japan in value terms, it said.