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Japan's cold storage in short supply as meat imports rise

Pork shipments rise after tariff cuts, with buildups to last through Olympics

A man works inside a cold storage warehouse at Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's food importers are running out of space at temperature-controlled warehouses in Tokyo and beyond, as the cold storage sites increasingly are stuffed by the country's growing shipments of pork and beef.

Food storage at refrigerated facilities in Tokyo reached 555,000 tons at the end of September, up about 20% over two years, the Japan Association of Refrigerated Warehouses says.

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