JA Zen-Noh Resumes Niigata Rice Exports to China

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Yokohama, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, or JA Zen-Noh, resumed Tuesday exports of rice produced in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, to China after a break of nearly eight years.

Niigata rice exports were suspended following the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant just after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

JA Zen-Noh, the business and marketing arm of the Japanese agricultural cooperatives, or JA, group, will resume Niigata rice sales in Shanghai late this month on a trial basis.

It aims to expand Japanese rice sales in the huge Chinese market with a population of more than 1.3 billion amid falling domestic consumption.

China lifted its import ban on Niigata rice in November last year.

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