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MAFF of Japan hosts maiden Indo-Japan Food Forum with JETRO & ASSOCHAM
Monday, 20 March, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Japan’s ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (MAFF) hosted the first Indo-Japan Food Forum in New Delhi recently. The theme of the forum, which was co-sponsored by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), was food and health.

Its prime objective was to showcase the strong advantages exhibited by Japanese food and technology, both in terms of taste and health benefits. It also opened the doors for investment by Japanese food processing companies with advanced technology in India.

Speaking on the Indo-Japan Food Forum, Teramoto, advisor to MAFF’s export promotion division, said, “The Indian economy has shown exceptional economic growth in the recent years.”

“As the disposable income of the Indian population has been steadily growing, there has been a visible change in the dietary and lifestyle habits in the country. This has become a serious contributing factor towards obesity and various other diseases owing to the fast-paced lifestyles that we all lead,” he added.

“There are a lot of food ingredients and habits in Japan that could be beneficial in enriching the taste and improving Indian food habits,” Teramoto stated.

“We believe that it is essential to take counter-measures to overcome these ailments, and thus, we thought of bringing to India ingredients and proven food processing methods that have played a crucial role as advocates of health in Japan,” he added.

Teramoto added, “We are very happy to be collaborating with ASSOCHAM, as they have been very kind and hospitable in helping us conduct this forum on their grounds. They have been a key player and contributor in making the Indo-Japan Food Forum a success.”

Om S Tyagi, senior director, ASSOCHAM, said, “It is an honour to host MAFF at ASSOCHAM. The forum saw the presence of many industry experts, and we learnt a great deal on the merits of the ingredients and preparation techniques of Japanese food.”

“We believe that the knowledge that the Indo-Japan Food Forum has been able to spread today will certainly contribute towards improving the health and eating habits of many Indians,” he added.

The forum saw the presence of chefs, government officials and representatives of Japanese food processing companies.

Tejima, founder, Sushi Junction, was also present. He held a discussion, where he spoke of his inspiration to enter the Indian market, the similarity and affinity between the Japanese and Indian palates, and the growth of Sushi Junction in India.
 
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