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  1. TOKYO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture bought a total of 139,382 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed late on Thursday.

    Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on the country's second-most important staple after rice, and buys majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued thrice a month.

    Details are as follows (in tonnes):

     COUNTRY      TYPE                              Quantity  
     U.S.         Western White                     17,560*  
                  Hard Red Winter (semi hard)       14,125*  
                  Dark Northern Spring              23,960**  
                  (protein minimum 14.0 pct)                     
     Canada       Western Red Spring                25,320*  
                  (protein minimum 13.5 pct)                     
                  Western Red Spring                24,822**  
                  (protein minimum 13.5 pct)                     
     Australia    Standard WhiteWest Australia)    33,595***  

    Shipment * Arriving by Dec. 31

                   ** Loading between Oct. 21 and Nov. 20  
                   *** Loading between Nov. 1 and Nov.30   
        Source: Ministry of Agriculture  

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