This just in: there's a butter shortage in Japan.

Farmers - time to turn your dairy cattle up to 11 and crank out more butter. (That is how it works, right?)

Apparently, according to NHK Newsline, Japan goes through about 72,000 tons of butter every year, but a shrinking number of dairy farmers means Japan will need to import about 13,000 tons of butter to cover their needs this year. Just for contrast, the United States consumes almost a million tons of butter every year. So, a little over ten times as much butter for a country that has about...oh, only about two and a half times the number of people.

Don't worry, Japan - you'll get there. Meanwhile, cows - get to work.


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