Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle, farmer protections keep imports low

December 12, 2014 1:25 PM

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Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle, farmer protections keep imports low

In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 photo, a shopper chooses dairy products as the shelf selling butter, right, is almost empty at a supermarket in Tokyo. Worsening butter shortages are a symptom of deeply entrenched resistance to reforms Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be struggling to deliver even if his party wins a stronger mandate for his “Abenomics” policies in an election Sunday, Dec. 14. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 photo, a shopper picks up a packet of butter at a supermarket where a notice advises shoppers not to buy more than one in Tokyo. Worsening butter shortages are a symptom of deeply entrenched resistance to reforms Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be struggling to deliver e...

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