Japan’s status as a cultural superpower is perhaps best exemplified by the global popularity of Japanese cuisine.
Japan’s agricultural sector suffers from a combination of low productivity, high and distortionary levels of agricultural support (which places a burden on Japanese consumers and taxpayers) and a shortage of land suited to farming. These limitations undermine Japan’s farming sector and complicate its participation in bilateral and regional trade agreements that would boost its growth potential. To make matters worse, the Fukushima nuclear incident has made exportation harder and importation more volatile. Find out more about Japan's food and beverage industry below.