Japan's fresh-vegetable imports surged last year, hitting the highest numbers in more than a decade. This was mainly caused by food processors hiking imports after a string of natural disasters.
Japan bought nearly 1 million tons of vegetables from abroad in 2018. That was up 14 percent on the year and the largest amount in 13 years.
Onions accounted for the largest quantity at almost 300,000 tons, unchanged from 2017. The sharpest increase was with Chinese cabbages. They surged 500 percent to about 16,000 tons. Cabbages more than doubled to about 92,000 tons. Most of those three vegetables came from China.