Bera, Malaysia – Japan is willing to import Malaysian halal food products, which are known for their freshness and hygiene.
Agriculture Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the halal food products were not only for the Muslims in the country but also for the mass market around the country.
He said Chiba will be the main entrance for the Malaysian halal food products, which would be distributed and marketed in more than 1,800 outlets owned by Aeon around Japan as early as next year.
“It is also the best time for Japan to start importing halal food as an early preparation to host the Olympic Games in 2020, because there will be thousands of Muslim tourists and sportsmen in the country at that time,” he said after presenting the certificates and machines to more than 300 agro-business owners in his Bera parliamentary constituency.
He said a joint committee between Malaysia and Japan would be set up to ensure that the food products exported to Japan are clean, fresh and halal in all respects.
To date, he said a large volume of halal food products from Malaysia were already exported to many other countries including China, Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar.