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Food & Beverage

Japanese restaurants in Asia grow 50% in 2 years

Rising middle class embraces sushi, ramen and washoku favorites

A growing middle class has expanded the Asian market for Japanese cuisine. 

TOKYO -- The number of restaurants serving Japanese cuisine overseas has jumped about 30% in two years, thanks in large part to an expanding Asian middle class.

A survey by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries here put the total at 156,000 as of 2019, up from 118,000 in 2017 and marking a 6.5-fold increase from 2006. The government hopes that the growth will bolster exports of Japanese farm and fishery products.

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