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Japanese media: school uniform prices rise because Chinese people love to eat lamb

By Yao Xinyu (People's Daily Online)    11:30, April 19, 2016


The second largest Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, reported on Sunday that due to China’s growing appetite for mutton hotpot, the price of Japanese school uniforms is rapidly rising.

Japanese media said that China’s appetite for lamb has led to an increase in the amount of sheep being exported for meat, meaning that fewer sheep are being raised for wool, a primary component of Japanese school uniforms. With the increasing demand for mutton, Asahi Shimbun said that farmers in Australia and New Zealand have had to prioritize mutton over wool, so the prices of Japanese school uniforms have increased by 3,000 yen since 2010, according to Global Times.

So, is all this true?

The 2015 Report on Meat and Livestock of Australia shows that mutton exportation has been very stable in the past two years — about 235,000 tons each year. So far in 2016, the Australian mutton yield has actually dropped 3 percent. A report about beef and lamb in New Zealand also indicates a 1.5 percent drop in exports during 2014 and 2015. China’s consumption of imported lamb also decreased in 2015, due both to the higher price of imported goods and the improved quality of domestic lamb.

This is not the first time Japanese media has made false accusations about China. The fact is that Abenomics, the economic policies of Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, are what is really to blame for the higher prices of school uniforms. Ever since the implementation of Abenomics, prices have been rising and the Japanese people have been experiencing increased hardships. 

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