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Can Japan feed itself?

By Kana Inagaki, Leo Lewis

08 Sep 2022 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

A detailed FT report on how Japan's heavy reliance on food imports is going to cost it dearly from next month and why there's little that can be done to prevent price shocks.

At the end of the month, in supermarkets across Japan, regular staff and a secret army of wholesalers will work the shelves through the night on a project that none of them — from national chains to local stores — are able to talk about openly.

When the food retail industry’s collective doors open on October 1, shoppers who have barely experienced inflation since the early 1990s will be hit by the most severe price shock in almost two generations.

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