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We have a pest problem, Tokyo says after agreeing to buy US corn

Critics claim Abe is helping Trump as trade war takes toll on American exports

Japan has agreed to buy U.S. corn as China shuns American products.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Tuesday defended the purchases of excess U.S. corn Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has agreed to, saying the imports will offset potential crop losses caused by an armyworm infestation at home.

"The damage caused by the [armyworm] larvae has expanded nationwide, and there could be a supply shortage," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Tuesday.

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