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Getting food to Japan proves difficult


INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Food is in short supply in Japan. However, bringing food to Japan is proving difficult. Agricultural experts say the U.S. will likely send less food to Japan in the coming weeks as damage from Friday's earthquake and tsunami makes shipping to some areas difficult.

Many Japanese citizens may be eating less food in the coming days as they bury their dead and focus on emergency work.

Agricultural analysts say it's unclear what Japan will need from America's bread basket in the longer term. The island nation with the world's third-largest economy is typically a top buyer of U.S. grains and meats.

Some analysts say grain sales could remain slow if damage to feed mills and other facilities leaves the Japanese without the means to process food. But other analysts say that will only create more demand for finished pork products and ready-to-eat items such as cereal.

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