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Japan's Queen Rouge brings sweeter, luxury twist to grapes

Nagano Prefecture eyes exports as new variety ships

Field-grown Queen Rouge grapes left for Tokyo and elsewhere on Sept. 27. (Photo by Shuhei Hatakeyama)

NAGANO, Japan -- A new seedless grape grown in Nagano Prefecture has joined Japan's club of premium produce this year, with shipments of the long-anticipated Queen Rouge kicking into full gear in late September.

About 850 kg of field-grown Queen Rouge grapes left a warehouse in the city of Nakano last Monday. The shipment was headed to destinations in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

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