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Japan to import 7,000 tons of butter after milk production falls due to 2013 heat wave

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The Ministry of Agriculture has announced plans to import 7,000 tons of butter after the heat wave during the summer of 2013 led to a drastic decline in the domestic production of raw milk which further led to an insufficient amount of stockpiled butter and other milk products.

The ministry said stockpiles of butter at the end of March this year amounted to only about 17,000 tons, a decrease of approximately 6,000 tons in comparison to the same time in 2013, Fuji TV reported Thursday.

In preparation for production of Christmas cakes and other goods, the ministry said the extra 7,000 tons of butter will be imported beginning in the fall and up until the end of November.

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Errr... join TPP you eejjjjiiiots.

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Good. Now, don't forget to tax the sh¡t out of that butter. Wouldn't want the good people of Japan to get too good a deal.

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they're making christmas cakes already?!

yeah, the lack of low-fat milk at grocery stores and conbinis is whammy for japan.

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Knox, thanks for the coffee snort! :-)

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Imported from where? China? No thanks. New Zealand? OK

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well YongYang - I presume you only buy imported butter only anyway since 3/11! Why would you care? In all fairness, there are some lovely imported (if pricey) french butters available in Japan.

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Hima,

You are most welcome. :)

How the hell do you store dairy products all the time till November, anyway? Frozen stuff?

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Hey, in a few years the population will have decreased enough that they won't need those extra few thousand tons of butter ;D

Also, Toshiko, you said 'USA' four times in four sentences.. Learn to English better.

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How the hell do you store dairy products all the time till November, anyway? Frozen stuff?

You can not store- what is not there. The cows failed to produce milk targets because of the heat

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Oh dairy me. Some foreign producers will be milking the profits. Butter good reason to stock up now would be to avoid getting creamed later in the year (It's okay, I'm not giving up the day job).

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"No problems, Japan. But we hope you understand we are going to charge 778% export duty on that butter. " - New Zealand.

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Which corporations will import butter? Huge profit or they will not import. Maybe Japanese people should go back to rice and miso soup breakfast instead of bread and butter?

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Maybe Japanese people should go back to rice and miso soup breakfast instead of bread and butter?

Butter has lots more uses than just spreading on bread.

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@cleoMAY. 22, 2014 - 11:22PM JST

Maybe Japanese people should go back to rice and miso soup breakfast instead of bread and butter? Butter has lots more uses than just spreading on bread.

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That is true. For cooking, Japan has goma abura. Mochi does not use butter, How butter is used in Japan?

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How butter is used in Japan?

Spinach bata-itame, gratin (white sauce), bata raisu, french toast, bata jaga, hottoke-ki, negi glace. There must be way more. I get through a lot of butter.

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@cleo: Thank you, So Japanese people eat like rural Americans.. Buter Rice? Eating spinach with butter instead of Su and Goma abura. They must be using long grain rice to eat rice with butter. Abenomics caused Japanese people to eat that kind of vomiting type food instead of sushi rice and seafood.

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Long grain rice would be nice occasionally, but no, butter goes better with the round, sticky pudding rice that's ubiquitous in Japan. Been eating delicious bata-itame, gratin, bata-jaga etc etc for way longer than Abenomics has been a word. I'm not letting Abe take any of the credit for the delectability of my cooking. Vinegar and sesame oil have their place, but on spinach? Blechh. Dead fish? More Blechh.

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Patatoes are called daiyoshoku. You might like long grain rice but Japanese people eat short grain rice. Tofu and miso soup. Using butter for rice? Japanese people do not like long grain rice. They even use short grain rice when they cool yakimeshi. Azuki beans are tasty for sweet confection, No butter needed to cook.

Butters imported must be used for something else in food industry. Maybe somethin concocted by food processor companies?

Spinach is used for sunomono dish.

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Butter has lots more uses than just spreading on bread.

Marlon Brando to Maria Schneider.

Azuki beans are tasty for sweet confection, No butter needed to cook.

You've not visited Japan since 1910 ? 1948 ?

Butters imported must be used for something else in food industry.

Probably 80% for sweets, cakes, danish, kashipan, shokupan... that so many get for any meal, for snacks, all day. It's like in other country, industry has won, the mass buy, eat, sh*t, repeat.

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Please, import Butter from Australia.

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@cleo: I have been visiting Japan at least once in a year/ Yes, I am old but not that much old like left Japan in 1910: You think I am older than 100 years old? We have business and consulting business that require snooping Japan every years. My siblings in Japan feed us whenever I bother them. Their children;s family, too. Because my daughters do not speak Japanese, I have to explain what Japanese whisper behind of their back. Anyway, next time I visit Japan, I will see if Japanese people eat food you mentioned.

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@kobuta chan: Not only butter from Australia but beef, too. Australian beef is tastier than Kobe beef. I avoid Kobe beef because I can;t stand beer fed cow meat.

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@Toshiko Sorry to say that I can't agree with your stereotypical views... Can you speak for all Japanese people about what they like and don't like? My Japanese friends like all types of food and where I live has many types of cuisine.

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Toshiko, I work in a cafe in Hiroshima, and we go through a LOT of butter - salted and unsalted. What is this "Japanese do this," "Japanese do that," rhetoric that you keep spouting, and what year are you living in?

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@valektMAY. 23, 2014 - 09:00PM JST Toshiko, I work in a cafe in Hiroshima, and we go through a LOT of butter - salted and unsalted. What is this "Japanese do this," "Japanese do that," rhetoric that you keep spouting, and what year are you living in?

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Sorry you are stuck in Cafe work. In Jt board, you are rare but you sure know butter consumption in Cafe .

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