Japanese honeybees are a subspecies of the Asian honeybee native to Japan. They product low yields of honey thus a not generally considered for commercial use. My hives produce on average about 4kgs of honey per year.
Japanese honey bees are considered a passive species (I beg to differ some days) and because they have lived on the Japanese archipelago for some 250,000 years they are suited to Japans swinging four seasons making them an easy bee to keep.
The Japanese honey is somewhat smaller than its western cousin but they had adapted to fight the Japanese giant hornet buy cooking it in a ball.
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