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Fragrant, sweet and creamy pork from the land of wagyu

High-fat content 'hakkinton' invites comparisons to famed Japanese beef

tonkatsu pork cutlet is served up at Rengatei, a venerable Tokyo restaurant. Some consider tonkatsu one of the ultimate Japanese comfort foods. (Photo by Nobuyoshi Shioda)

TOKYO -- Japanese pork is trying to follow in the global hoof prints of wagyu beef.

Some foodies elsewhere in Asia are now savoring the rich mouth feel that particular breeds of raised-in-Japan pork offer. They discovered Japanese pork varieties after taking a liking to washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine that was added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in 2013.

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