JOHN WHELAN: Big opportunity for food exporters lies in Japan

Our most important market in Asia is currently creating headlines for all the wrong reasons.

This is not good news for businesses trading with Japan, the biggest buyer of Irish-produced services in Asia and second only to China as a buyer of Irish-made goods.

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

Japan also tops the rankings in foreign direct invest from Asia into Ireland, recently strengthening its position with the €54bn acquisition by Takeda of the Irish-based Shire pharmaceutical group.

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