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Mitsui to Import Rice From Myanmar in First Purchase Since 1968

Mitsui & Co. said it would import 5,000 metric tons of rice from Myanmar in Japan’s first purchase of the grain from the Southeast Asian country in more than four decades.

Japan’s second-largest trading company purchased the long-grain rice for an import tender held by the agriculture ministry for sales to producers of liquor and crackers, an official for Tokyo-based Mitsui said by phone today. She asked not to be identified because she isn’t authorized to make public statements to the media.