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Tapioca imports to Japan surge, thanks to bubble tea popularity

Taiwan has overtaken Thailand as top tapioca supplier

Launched in 2013, Chun Sui Tang's bubble tea chain has grown to 14 stores mostly in Tokyo and Fukuoka. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- The huge popularity of bubble tea in Japan is driving an import boom in tapioca.

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