Would Japan starve if they left us?Not hesitate to use Chinese ingredients to pretend to be local products, helpless choice

2022-07-24 0 By

Japan is regarded as a country with “ingenuity” spirit by the outside world. All kinds of heavy and heavy industrial products, agricultural products and food are often crowned with the title of “high-quality products”.But does the myth of “Made in Japan” really deserve the title?I’m afraid not…A food processing company in Shizuoka, Japan, has been found to have been involved in food fraud by selling some wakame vegetables made in China as “local products” in return for high profits.It is reported that the company is suspected of violating Japan’s “unfair competition law” and “food labeling law.”Similar problems have been reported in Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture.According to evidence presented by prosecutors, kumamoto prefecture caught just 21 tons of clams in 2020, but sold 2,485 tons of the product to the market, a huge discrepancy that led officials to suspect a “collective fraud” in the region.But the investigation has met with resistance because the ingredients have already been emptied.The ultimate pursuit of profit is the fundamental reason why some Japanese companies take such risks.Chinese clams and wakame are half the price of their Japanese counterparts, making it difficult for consumers to know the true origin of ingredients without careful identification.And regarding this one phenomenon, Japanese official also quite helpless actually.China’s agricultural and aquatic products are already a major source of Japanese food, and a ban on them would hurt the Japanese market.Japan spent more than 3 trillion yen on food purchases alone in 2018, according to earlier data released by the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.Of this, 1.8077 trillion yen was spent on imported ingredients from the U.S. and 1.2477 trillion yen from China.The high reliance on foreign ingredients reflects a sharp rise in Labour costs and the growing lack of agricultural output in keeping with consumer demand.Today, Japan has fully entered the “aging” and “fewer children” era, young and middle-aged labor shortage, agriculture and food processing industry has been greatly affected.However, importing food materials from China and other countries can stabilize prices and regulate the market, which is an ideal choice.If not, Japan could soon be in the midst of a huge food crisis…By contrast, some European countries, which face the same labor shortage, have taken the opposite approach: importing migrants to fill demand in various industries and provide them with basic security.The Japanese, on the other hand, are relatively conservative and have a natural prejudice against immigrants, which is also a big reason why their labor force is always insufficient.To be fair, the behavior of Japanese food companies cannot be completely regarded as devoid of conscience. After all, since Chinese agricultural and aquatic products can be put on the shelves in The Japanese market, it shows that the quality is completely ok, and the Japanese companies just “changed the label”.The reason behind is not only the pursuit of profits, but also involved in too many political, economic and productivity aspects of helplessness…