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'Chicken race' is on among Japan's trading houses

Sumitomo, Mitsubishi and others respond to growing demand driven by healthy lifestyles

Japanese have favored chicken over other meat since fiscal 2012, mirroring increased demand worldwide.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp., Mitsubishi Corp. and other Japanese general traders are racing against each other to expand their poultry businesses as the country's consumers eat more of the meat amid lower prices and growing awareness of healthy eating.

Sumitomo plans to start importing the meat from Turkey, while Mitsubishi will start processing chicken in Thailand.

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