Japan’s potato shortage could last until the fall

Japan's usually robust range of potato chip products is likely to be limited until fall as Hokkaido, the major potato-growing region, recovers from four typhoons that hit it last summer. | ISTOCKHokkaido’s potato farmers haven’t recovered from last summer’s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island prefecture’s next harvest gets underway in September. About 80 percent of Japan’s potatoes are grown in Hokkaido. Potatoes used in processed foods account for roughly 30 percent of all production in Hokkaido. More