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In pictures: Japan's food crisis
Ageing population

Visitors to temples in Japan waft "holy smoke" over their body when they feel sick in the hope that it will cure them.

Japanís population is ageing fast: in 1990 there were almost six people of working age for each retiree, but by 2025 that number will have fallen almost to two.

But as the population ages, there will be fewer people able to grow food or pay for imports.

Japanese longevity is thought to be due in part to the nation's healthy post-war diet of rice and fish

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