Japan’s Ex-Prime Minister Thanks Global Warming For Making Hokkaido’s Rice Tastier

According to Mainichi News, Taro Aso, former Japanese Prime Minister, stated that rice on Hokkaido’s northernmost main island has ‘become tastier due to global warming.

The politician of 81 years in age, who had been finance minister for almost nine years, spoke in front of voters in a recent campaign:

While many people associate increasing temperatures with bad things, there are also positive aspects to it. Rice on the northernmost island of Hokkaido used to be called “Troublesome East Rice.” It was not salable and was unappetizing in the past. But it’s now much better. However, it is not because of the farmers’ extra efforts. This is thanks to the higher temperatures. The rice can now be exported. This is the reality.

This was part of a speech he made for the Liberal Democratic Party candidate in Sunday’s general elections. He is the Vice President of the party.

Aso was prime minister from 2008 to 2009 and has been the topic of criticism for many controversial statements.


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