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Japanese food, a global model for healthy diets

FAO Director-General meets the country's Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

4 July 2017, Rome -  In talks with Japan's State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Yosuke Isozaki, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva highlighted the country's role as a global model for healthy diets. 

He noted that Japan has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with other countries - an interaction FAO is keen to promote as an activity related to the United Nations Decade on Nutrition.

Talks took place on the sidelines of FAO's Conference, the organization's governing body (3-8 July). 

Follow-up to the Director-General's visit to Japan

Both principals also followed up on FAO Director General's visit to Japan in May, where he hightlighted its unique food culture that can greatly contribute to improvements in global nutrition. 

While in the country, he also visited Gifu, one of  the eight Japanese globally important agriculture heritage sites, was where he witnessed how an entire community has benefitted since the recognition of the Ayu fish of the Nagara River System as a GIAHS site in 2015.

In Tokyo, Graziano da Silva also attended a tasting event hosted by the Government of Japan where he enjoyed sweets made using fruits produced in Fukushima Prefecture. In March 2011, Fukushima in the northern part of Japan was hit by earthquakes and tsunami that caused an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.