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Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples (103)  2018-07-17
TOKYO, June 9 — For Japanese apple growers, the Canadian door finally opened. Canada has relaxed stringent requirements for imported apples, such as mandatory production methods and disinfection, as long as apple growers meet certain conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said on Jun..
 
Japan to export fresh beef to Argentina in July for the first time (51)  2018-07-13
TOKYO, June. 30 — Argentina has officially opened its meat market to Japanese fresh beef, giving Japan a boost to agricultural export ambitions. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef have been allowed to enter Argentina without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said ..
 
GM crop area reaches a record 190 million ha in 2017: ISAAA (45)  2018-07-12
TOKYO, June 27 — Total area cultivated with genetically modified (GM) crops rose 3% to a record in 2017 from a year earlier, as farmers in developing countries seeked to boost output, a study has showed. The area planted with GM crops totaled 189.8 million hectares in 24 countries last year..
 
Japan-made bananas attracting attention with development of nontropical plants (50)  2018-07-12
TOKYO, June 23 – Along with the development of nontropical banana plants that can survive cold weather, banana production is increasing in various parts of Japan, the nation which imports 99 percent of bananas it consumes. The bananas are cultivated using plants developed by Tomoiki BIO, a ..
 
Japan aims to reduce household food waste in half by 2030 (42)  2018-07-10
TOKYO, June 20 — Japan has set up a target to halve household food waste to 2.15 million tons by 2030 from the fiscal 2000 level, the government said. The environment ministry will work with municipalities to reduce household food waste, including campaigns to raise awareness among consum..
 
Japan suspends sales of Canadian wheat after GMO discovery (51)  2018-07-09
TOKYO, June 16 — The Japanese agriculture ministry said on June 15 that it has suspended tenders and sales of Canadian wheat indefinitely after the discovery of genetically modified wheat in the exporting country. This is the first case Tokyo suspended wheat imports from Canada. Canada i..
 
Japan’s food exports rise in April on beef and fishery products (46)  2018-07-05
TOKYO, June 12 — Japan’s food exports rose 20% in April from a year earlier on strong demand for wagyu beef and fishery products, the government said. Shipments of products such as agri-food, meat and seafood totaled 77.6 billion yen in April, 12.8 billion yen higher in the same month..
 
Australia lifts ban on Japanese beef imports after 17 years (158)  2018-06-19
TOKYO, May. 30 — Australia has lifted a 17-year ban on beef imports from Japan which could boost Japanese exports to the lucrative meat market. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef have been allowed to enter Australia without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said o..
 
Japanese restaurants abroad with official recognition grow (93)  2018-06-06
TOKYO, May. 22 — Restaurants and retailers abroad who obtained official recognition of Japanese food supporters keep growing, as the popularity of Japanese dish, or washoku, has hit new heights around the world in recent years. The number of Japanese restaurants and retailers abroad who acq..
 
Japan’s lower house passes TPP-11, pushing related trade bills (161)  2018-06-04
TOKYO, May. 19 — Japan’s lower house has approved the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as the TPP-11, despite opposition efforts to threaten the smooth ratification process. In the May 18 morning, the lower house foreign affairs committee had approved the TPP-11 bil..
 
Japan’s bipartisan lawmakers seek rice, sake export expansion (135)  2018-05-23
TOKYO, May. 9 — A bipartisan group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to expand exports of rice and sake, brewed using Japanese-grown rice, as the domestic consumption of the staple food has continued sliding. The group held a meeting on May 8 to discuss its major activities in the year start..
 
Japan’s rice and sake exporters want removal of tariff barriers (207)  2018-05-22
TOKYO, April. 28 — Exporters of Japanese rice and sake have urged the government to strike a deal with importing countries such as Taiwan and China to slash high tariffs and other trade barriers. The governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a meeting on April 27 to hear from food expor..
 
Wakayama growers prepare to export new strawberry Marihime (192)  2018-05-22
WAKAYAMA, May. 9 — Strawberry growers in central Japan are readying the first commercial exports of their new strawberry “Marihime” to Asian neighbors. Wakayama prefecture’s agricultural research center developed the new strawberry breed and registered it in 2010. Japan..
 
Japan to have more rice mills and warehouses to ship to China (189)  2018-05-18
TOKYO, May. 10 —Japan will have two new rice mills and five more fumigation warehouses certified for exports to China, a key step to access more Japanese rice in the world’s largest rice market, the two governments have agreed. This is significant because Japan so far has only one ric..
 
Japan-US trade talks will not lead to a new FTA: farm minister (162)  2018-05-14
TOKYO, April. 21 — A recent announcement that Japan and the U.S. are to start talks on trade deals would not lead to “a new free trade agreement (FTA)”, Japanese Agriculture Minister Ken Saito has stressed. “The announcement is neither considered as a new FTA negotiation, ..
 
New National Plan for the Promotion of Biomass Utilization in Japan (1170)  2016-11-11
Press releases from September 1, 2016 to September 15, 2016 N/A Press releases from September 16, 2016 to September 31, 2016 Title: New National Plan for the Promotion of Biomass Utilization On September 16, 2016, the Cabinet decided to implement the new national plan for the promotion o..
 
New Long-term Land Improvement Plan in Japan (948)  2016-10-03
Press releases from August 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016 N/A Press releases from August 16, 2016 to August 31, 2016 Title: New Long-term Land Improvement Plan On August 24, 2016, the Cabinet decided to efficiently & systemically implement the policies for the new long-term land improvement ..
 
The Memoranda of Cooperation for Mutual Use of Inspection Results of Variety Registration signed in Japan (1083)  2016-06-20
On May 12, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that the memoranda  of cooperation for mutual use of inspection results of variety registration were signed between Japan and Vietnam on April 29, among Japan, Russia and EU on May 1 on the basis of the UPOV (Inte..
 
Basic Plan for the Promotion of Urban Agriculture in Japan (1036)  2016-06-20
On May 13, 2016, the Cabinet has decided to implement the basic plan for the promotion of urban agriculture based on the Urban Farming Promotion Basic Act (Act No. 14 of 2015).   Source: http://www.maff.go.jp/j/press/nousin/nougyou/160513_1.html (Searched and summarized by Dr. Takashi ..
 
Review of the Priority Management List of Hazardous Chemicals and Mid-term Plan for Surveillance and Monitoring of Hazardous Chemicals on Food Safety in Japan (1198)  2016-02-15
On January 8, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF) revised the list of hazardous chemicals which should be managed as highest priority, taking the newest scientific findings, world trends and interest level into consideration. Moreover, MAFF published the New Mid-Term P..
 
Renewal of Basic Guidelines for Wholesale Market Management in Korea (1177)  2016-02-15
On January 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published the “Renewal of Basic Guidelines for Wholesale Market Management.” The New Guidelines is revised every five years based on the Wholesale Market Act (Act No. 35 of 1971).   Source: http://www.maf..
 
Climate Change Adaptation Plans in Japan (1283)  2015-11-05
On August 6, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that MAFF decided implement the Climate Change Adaptation Plans for strengthening strategies to mitigate the damage to the agricultural sector brought about climate change.   Source: http://www.ma..
 
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (1393)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate in FY2014 (from April 2014 to March 2015). Japan’s calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency was 39%, and it remained flat from FY2013. The production value-based rate of ..
 
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (1237)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate in FY2014 (from April 2014 to March 2015). Japan’s calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency was 39%, and it remained flat from FY2013. The production value-based rate of ..
 
Food Self-Sufficiency Rate by Prefecture in Japan (1405)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released food self-sufficiency rate by prefecture in FY2013 (from April 2013 to March 2014). The calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency increased in 17 prefectures, but in 6 prefectures the rate decreased, and in 24 prefectu..
 
Japan’s estimated amount of Income Decrease Mitigation Measures (Narashi) for last year hits the biggest since 2007 (1389)  2015-08-05
On June 5, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that the estimated amount of Income Decrease Mitigation Measures (Narashi) in harvest year 2014 will reach 51.47 billion yen due to a drop in rice price in 2014. The amount records hits the biggest since the policy sta..
 
Revision of the Basic Guideline for Bird and Animal Damage Prevention in Japan (1305)  2015-06-22
On May 29, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced the revision of the Basic guideline for implementing policy to prevent damage by birds and animals to agriculture, forestry and fisheries”.   The guideline was revised because the Ministry of Environm..
 
Additional Dairy Imports in Japan (1366)  2015-06-22
On May 27, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that Japan will import an additional 10,000 tons of butter and 5,000 tons of non-fat dried milk in addition by the end of this October based on “Act on Temporary Measures concerning Compensation Price for Producers ..
 
Japan’s Agricultural GI mark (1510)  2015-06-01
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced the logo mark of Geographical Indications or GIs on April 10, 2015. The GI mark is a stamp affixed on agricultural, forestry and fishery products and certifies the products registered under the Act for protection of names of design..
 
First Report on Food Export in Japan (1406)  2015-06-01
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released the first report on food export on April 24, 2015. The report showed general issues to be practiced in promoting food export, based on views presented at export strategic committee.   Source: http://www.maff.go.jp/j/press/shokusa..
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