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Jaw-dropping effort to keep food prices down shocks students

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When I heard about students at Ryukoku University's Faculty of Agriculture who trial-produced lunches costing no more than 30 yen (27 U.S. cents) per serving, I decided to visit the campus in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

In my own student days, I was certainly no stranger to skimping on food bills. But putting together a 30-yen meal felt to me like a very tall order.

"Because of the severity of product development competition in the food industry, food makers go to extremes in slashing the costs of materials," said Toru Fushiki, 65, a professor of food and nutrition science at Ryukoku University. "I wanted my students to experience this themselves through this 30-yen lunch experiment."

Fushiki conceived this project upon hearing from his former students about their trials and tribulations of........

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