Hong Kong Unrest Having Little Impact on Japan Farm Exports: Minister

Economy

Hong Kong, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa said Friday that exports of Japanese farm products to Hong Kong have been "little affected" by the unrest in the territory, where protests against a controversial extradition bill are escalating.

"I want people in Hong Kong to continue enjoying Japanese agricultural products," Yoshikawa said, brushing aside concerns over impacts from the demonstrations, including at Hong Kong International Airport.

He made the remarks at a ceremony to mark the opening on the day of a Japanese pavilion at the Hong Kong Food Expo, one of the largest food exhibitions in Asia. The pavilion was set up by the Japan External Trade Organization. The expo started on Thursday for five-day run.

In Hong Kong, a series of protests have been held against the bill to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Protests at the airport have led to delays or cancellations of both inbound and outbound flights.

The expo brings together a total of some 1,500 companies and groups from around 20 economies. The Japanese pavilion hosts cooking demonstrations by Japanese food chefs and introduces Japanese foods, including agricultural goods and seasonings.

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