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Taiwan eyes more orchid purchases from Japanese

TAIPEI -- With an impressive opening Saturday at the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival, Taiwan's orchid farmers are hoping that sales to Japan will bloom this year.

Several Taiwanese orchid species have won top prizes in landscape design category at the show at Tokyo Dome, which Dennis Kao, president of the Taiwan Orchids Growers Association, says proves that Taiwanese orchid farmers are catching up to their proud Japanese counterparts.

“We are hoping that Japan will revive its economy and increase purchases of Taiwanese orchid species this year thanks to the aggressive economic stimulus policy implemented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” Kao said.

“We expect Japan to continue its support for Taiwanese orchid species amid a hike in Japan's consumption tax, from 5 percent to 8 percent effective April this year,” he said during a tour held for Taiwan's representative to Japan, Shen Ssu-tsun.

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