A seminar was held Tuesday in İzmir by the Aegean Exporters Association in order to strengthen food commerce between Japan and Turkey. Speaking at the seminar, Global Media Corporation Chairman Masanori Tonegawa said Japan meets 61 percent of its food demand from other countries. "We are searching for high-quality, healthy and safe food products to import from all around the world. We had a quality problem with the foods coming from China a short time ago. As we are highly sensitive about food safety, it's important that the products that we import shouldn't include preservatives or additives. Cholesterol-free, low-calorie and eco-friendly foods have become especially popular in Japan in the last few years." he said.
Tonegawa underscored that the number of employed-women increases day-by-day, thus the Japanese are tending toward foods that can be warmed up in a couple of minutes in the microwave. "Japanese people love eating and we have a rich food culture. In Tokyo, there are restaurants that specialize in cuisines from all around the world, including at least 30 Turkish restaurants, while there are more than 4,000 Italian restaurants. We are ready to offer consultation to Turkish entrepreneurs who want to enter the food business in Japan" he concluded.
Japan has a population of 128 million, a food market worth $480 billion and meets 61 percent of its food supply via importing from other countries.