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Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Japan is seeking to purchase 40,000 metric tons of food wheat and 31,000 tons of food barley on Dec. 17 through a tender system introduced to loosen government grain-import controls.

Of the total barley sought, 10,000 tons is for beer production, said Masafumi Otsuka at the ministry’s grain-trade division. The shipments for the grains must be made by Feb. 10, he said by phone today.

The tender will be held under the so-called simultaneous buy-and-sell system, in which food makers and trading companies jointly bid for grains of any country and quality.

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