oThe Japanese government is urging the public to to drink more milk to avoid wasting tons of excess supply of raw milk.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a press conference on Tuesday that the decrease in demand for raw milk has become a major problem for the country.
To avoid mass disposal of excess dairy, Kishida implored, “We’d like the population to cooperate in drinking an extra cup of milk than you’d normally do and make use of milk products when cooking.”
The government estimates that 5,000 tons of raw milk could be wasted this winter, according to farm minister Genjiro Kaneko.
Last week, Kaneko and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike drank a cup of milk at news conferences to mark the government’s call for people to drink a glass of milk everyday during the winter.
Japanese dairy farmers have pledged to buy a liter of milk everyday from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3, while Lawson Inc.’s convenience store chain is offering a 50 percent discount on hot milk on New Year’s Day.
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