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Hong Kong: Japanese food and retail chains find gateway to China

Rice ball seller has over 100 stores in city as it looks to greater market

Customers line up at the first "Omusubi" rice ball shop in Central, Hong Kong's financial district. (Photo by Takeshi Kihara)

HONG KONG -- Japanese food shop operators and retailers are increasingly making market advances into mainland China after establishing footholds in Hong Kong.

While the effects of China's Hong Kong national security law are spreading, demand for Japanese cuisine keeps increasing in both the former British colony and in China. Given Hong Kong's advantageous position as a gateway to mainland China, an increasing number of Japanese companies are turning to the city to enter the gigantic market.

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