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Matcha buzz powers Japan's record-breaking tea exports

Green tea shipments hit 30-year peak in first five months of 2018

Pickers harvest leaves for premium Uji tea outside of Kyoto.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's green tea exports are on track to reach record heights this year as drinks and desserts made with matcha catch on in the U.S. and across Asia.

In the five months through May, Japan shipped out 1,978 tons of green tea, a 4% increase on the year and the highest-ever total for that period in records going back to 1988. Exports are therefore on track to beat the 2017 record of 4,642 tons.

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