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The "kaikoga (silkworm)" is a kind of moth that has been bred for its silk since ancient times in countries such as China and Japan. As a vitally important creature that supports people's livelihoods, some regions gave it special titles such as "okaiko-sama (honorific term for the silkworm)". After hatching from its egg, the silkworm grows as it voraciously eats mulberry leaves, and after approximately one month it spins white thread around its body to create a cocoon.
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Minister Yoshikawa at the photo session with the Fifth Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue participants (April 14, 2019)

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Publication : December 2015