20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Golan Heights wine off the shelf in Japan E-mail

A major department store chain in Japan recently cancelled the participation of an importer specialising in wine from the Golan Heights at an event celebrating Mediterranean cuisine. The decision came over fear of protests from activist groups.

The Japanese store Daimaru, which held the fair in May in Tokyo, withdrew an invitation to the Naturael importer to sell its products, The Associated Press (AP) reported, because it sells wine that is produced in the Golan. Naturael sells wine, olive oil and date syrup made in Israel throughout Japan.

Daimaru told AP that it has no policy against Israeli products in general and that wine from other areas of Israel was sold at the fair. “Today we cannot ignore geopolitical issues,” Satoshi Nishio, a spokesman for Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. “We have to start paying more attention to where products are coming from.”

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