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In March of this year, the traditional lighting of the Olympic flame will take place in the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The official Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima and will pass all 47 prefectures of Japan ahead of the start of the Summer Games in Tokyo in late July.

Greece and Japan share a deep passion for culture and sport and have lent continuous support for each other in this arena.

When Greece and Japan celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations last year, the two countries welcomed “a new era of partnership in business and culture.” The milestone came at an auspicious time as Greece continued on its road to economic recovery and Japan strengthened its efforts to expand its relations with Europe as the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement came into effect.

Continuing its coverage of Europe in The Japan Times, GMI Post explores Greece’s partnership with Japan and will cover the cities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Patras, and Heraklion.

Kenzie Du and Karen Lee report from the field. Follow their updates here and here.

The world gets a taste of Greece

Greece’s food and agriculture industries have been the country’s most important and most reliable export sectors, providing the world with premium quality olive oil, feta cheese, cotton, tobacco and honey, among others.

With Roussas Dairy President and CEO Alexandros Botos

But one product that has not received as much global attention is Greek wine. The country has been producing very good wines that have begun to catch the attention of connoisseurs in Europe. These wine makers, making slow but sure strides in America and Australia, hope that the rest of the world will soon catch up.

Meanwhile, many traditional food growers and food producers, deeply committed to preserving the quality of their produce and goods, are starting to shed their worries that new technology will negatively impact the superiority of their products. So, we have seen more companies adopt the latest machinery and implement new processes to increase efficiency and raise their output, without compromising quality.

With Trikalinos CEO Zafiris Trikalinos

Last year, 16 Greek food companies participated in Japan FoodEx 2019, among them Roussas Dairy (feta cheese), Greek Nature Estate (olive oil) and Trikalinos (cured fish roe), which received an award from Pentawards in 2009 for its innovative packaging and from the International Taste Institute in 2012 for product quality.

The food and agriculture sectors are forecast to further increase their share of Greece’s GDP in the next few years as exporters continue to expand their markets around the world, like the United States, China and Japan.

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