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November 06, 2006

Japanese Restaurants Abroad to be Certified

Beginning in 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will begin work on a system to certify Japanese food served in restaurants outside the country. The step is aimed to help promote authentic Japanese food abroad. Currently, people in foreign cities have many Japanese food options available to them - several of which bare little or no resemblance to the real thing. Toshikatsu Matsuoka, the Farm Minister, was quoted as saying, " I hope that the new system will help promote export [sic] of Japanese farm and marine food products, disseminate correct knowledge about Japan's culinary art and facilitate Japanese food companies' push into foreign markets."

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