In May 2008, a big African trade fair took place in Yokohama along with the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Develeopment (TICAD IV). Mr Yukio Mizuno was one of the thousands of people that visited the Malawi stand at the fair.
Among many products on display, it was Malawi’s honey that caught Mr Mizuno’s attention. He wanted to start selling this product here in Japan.
He got in touch with the Malawian authorities, including the then Minister of Local Government, Hon. Dr George Chaponda, and the officials from Malawi’s One Village One Product (OVOP) program . He even visited Malawi in the same year.
Arrangements were made for Mr Mizuno to start importing Malawi honey to Japan. Since 2008, Mr Mizuno has been selling this product here in Japan.
Apart from the 170g bottle above, which costs 1,470Yen, he is selling several other packages and flavors as follows: