Marketing opportunities for wheat and barley exports to Japan during the 2006-07 crop year look promising.

Derek Sliworsky is the Canadian Wheat Board's marketing manager for Asia, and is based out of Tokyo.

He says Japan is a very important market pointing to 1.6 million tonnes in exports to the country in 05-06 worth in excess of $300 million.

Sliworsky adds Japanese buyers are very quality conscious.

He notes if the prairie wheat crop comes in good shape, the board will more than likely pursue sales to other high quality markets such as Malaysia and Thailand.