Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products in 2021 totaled a record 1,238 billion yen, up some 25 pct from the previous year, Jiji Press learned Wednesday.
The figure far exceeded the government’s annual target of 1 trillion yen thanks chiefly to strong demand from the United States and China, where consumption continued growing as the impact of the novel coronavirus weakened.
The export growth was led by the popularity of sake and other alcoholic beverages as well as Japanese beef, informed sources said.
The government is set to release detailed data Friday.
It aims to increase the country’s exports of agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products to 2 trillion yen in 2025 and 5 trillion yen in 2030.
Japan tends to export surpluses of such items. But “this approach will reach a deadlock,” a government official said.
The government is therefore working to nurture production centers focusing on mass production of items that are popular overseas.
According to the official export data for January-November last year released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan’s exports of scallops and sake totaled 57.7 billion yen and 35.8 billion yen, respectively.
Exports of these items grew also in December, because Japanese food remains popular and demand to eat out is recovering overseas, the sources said.
Exports of Japanese beef, very popular in the United States, totaled 47.2 billion yen between January and November and continued to grow in December.