Japanese people are concerned about the rice harvested year and polished date, they are sure printed on the rice packages.
Rice is usually harvested once a year in autumn and if it is sold at a retail until December, the package has a special label ‘New rice 新米’.
After rice is harvested the next year, the rice harvested in the previous year is called ‘Old rice 古米’.
Japanese people love new rice and always check the harvested year and polished date when we buy rice.
When I went to Germany, I was surprised that rice at a store had more than two years until expiration date and there was no information about harvested year.