JAPAN'S FOOD IMPORTS INCREASED 11.5 PERCENT ON YEAR IN FIRST HALF

JAPAN'S FOOD IMPORTS INCREASED 11.5 PERCENT ON YEAR IN FIRST HALF

Japan's food imports in the first six months of this year climbed 11.5 percent over the same period last year to $25.03 billion, Kyodo news service reported a semigovernmental trade organization as saying Tuesday.

The Japan External Trade Organization said the growth rate was smaller than 17.9 percent recorded in the first six months of last year, however, because of a sharp decline in grain imports.Japan imported about 2.2 million tons of rice on an emergency basis last year to make up for a shortage caused by one of postwar Japan's worst harvests.