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Japanese trading houses partner up to reach the region's tables

Indonesia's Alfamart, run by Mitsubishi's local partner Alfa Group, sells Yamazaki bread products at its supermarkets.

TOKYO -- Japan's big trading houses are moving to take advantage of exploding demand for food around Asia. Critical to their strategies are partnerships in target markets. They are also going beyond their usual role as go-betweens, funneling significant funds and human resources into the region.

     Mitsubishi Corp. is extending its reach in Indonesia. 

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