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Japan sours as premium grape widely copied in China, South Korea

Two neighbors beat Tokyo in Shine Muscat production volume

Japan's sweet and fragrant Shine Muscat grapes fetch high prices at grocery stores. 

TOKYO -- High-end grape variety "Shine Muscat" is a bona fide Japanese brand, certified by the nation's agricultural ministry.

Sweet and fragrant, the grapes can fetch $60 or more per bunch at grocery stores. But this prized breed has been widely copied by farmers in South Korea and China, who now beat Japanese counterparts in production volume.

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