Why are bananas by far the cheapest fruit in Japan?

There is sometimes a big bunch for 98 yen next to apples which start at 298 yen a piece.

I’m guessing the government puts few restrictions on their import because they aren’t grown here and so there is no danger of Japanese farmers being hurt. There is also a Japanese free trade agreement with the Phillipines, where most or all of them (including those sold by American companies like Chiquita) seem to come from.

Same explanation seems to work for why fruit salads in convenience stores and supermarkets are always at least 80% pineapple.


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