London: Japan ranked sixth among 113 countries in the global food security index for 2022, Britain’s Economist Group said Tuesday.
Japan advanced from the eighth spot the previous year thanks to its stable procurement of foods including imports despite worldwide price hikes stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the group of The Economist magazine.
Finland topped the list, followed by Ireland and Norway. European countries took the top five places. The United States was 13th, China 25th, and South Korea 39th.
Many developing countries in Africa and elsewhere struggling with hunger and poverty ranked low on the index. Civil war-torn Syria was at the bottom of the list.
Economist Impact, a research arm of the group, drew up the rankings based on 68 indicators in the four fields of affordability, availability, quality and safety, and sustainability and adaptation.
Japan scored high marks for such items as food price stability, innovative technologies and agricultural infrastructure.