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Malaysia to grab halal market share at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Malaysia targets to secure a portion of the US$300 million halal market during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, especially in the food and beverage (F&B) sector.

In 2017, Malaysia’s halal export to Japan was worth RM2.8 billion and it is expected to steadily increase to RM3.1 billion in 2018, RM3.4 billion in 2019 and RM3.7 billion in 2020.
Among Japanese companies that took part in the business matching sessions were Take One Co. Ltd that operates FamilyMart, Ohga Pharmacy, Hayabusa International and Yatsumoto Tsusho Co. Ltd.

As for Malaysia, five anchor companies that joined the sessions were Lulu Group Retails Sdn Bhd, Ramly Halal Mart Sdn Bhd, Aeon Big (M) Sdn Bhd, Nestle Malaysia Bhd and Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa said Japan’s tourism has grown tremendously over the years due to rising demand for halal products.
“About 50 years ago, the basic principal of our negotiation was not to import foreign agriculture products. But now, we want assistance from Malaysia as Malaysia is known for its halal sector,” he said.