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Japanese were eating tapioca long before bubble tea craze

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While I was in Taiwan last month on a reporting assignment, someone asked me out of the blue: "Have you Japanese changed your staple food from rice to tapioca?"

The person was referring to the recent Japanese craze for bubble tea, which contains tapioca balls produced in Taiwan.

I visited Fong Chen Frozen Food Co., whose plant in southern Taiwan that exports to Japan is in operation 24 hours a day.

"We can't keep up with the demand from Japan even with additional facilities. I've never been this busy in my entire life," Chiang Coco, 60, who operates the company, said happily.


© The Asahi Shimbun