The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Hong Kong office recently announced that they will organize a food exhibition and online trade summit in Hong Kong, the main export market for Japanese export of agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products. The exhibition will showcase products from the Japanese Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, and Chiba prefecture in the northeast of Japan. The exhibition aims to promote export products from the Japanese northeast because their export has declined since the Fukushima incident. The earthquake in the area was ten years ago, but both export from the region as well as import of fruit and vegetables are still down. The organizers of this exhibition hope to create a smooth environment for import and export trade.
Products on display during the exhibition include the specialty Tochiotome strawberries from Tochigi prefecture, Lucy plums from Ibaraki prefecture, and more than 70 other products from the region.
The exhibition will take place between the 22nd of February and the 5th of March in the Hong Kong office of JETRO. And the exhibition will be accompanied by an online trade summit to create a bridge between Japanese and Chinese importers and exporters.
There is a huge demand in Hong Kong for abalone and other aquatic products used in Cantonese cuisine. The consumption of these products, as well as beef and premium fruit, rapidly increased as living standards in Hong Kong improved. Hong Kong has been the largest export market for Japanese agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products for the last 16 years. The export value of these products reached 206.1 billion yen [1.95 billion USD] in 2020. That is roughly 22% of the entire entire export value in 2020.