Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s food exports in May grew 3.1 pct from a year before to 67.1 billion yen, marking the first increase in five months, preliminary data showed Friday.
The upturn in the exports of agricultural, forest and marine products, mainly foods, reflected growing at-home consumption in China and Hong Kong amid the coronavirus crisis.
Exports rose by 26.8 pct to 16 billion yen for mainland China, the largest export destination for Japan, and by 20.9 pct to 15.8 billion yen for Hong Kong, according to the agricultural ministry statistics.
Exports to Taiwan and Vietnam were also brisk.
By item, exports of milk and dairy products increased 9.7 pct to 1,995 million yen, and rice exports surged 55.1 pct to 479 million yen. Eggs and mackerels also enjoyed growth.
For January-May, however, exports of agricultural, forest and marine products dropped 7.2 pct from the same period a year before to 336.3 billion yen as people refrained from eating in restaurants due to the COVID-19 outbreak.