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FFTC-AP Seminar: The possible impact of Japan's new foreign labor policy on the Japanese agricultural industry (300)  2019-12-18
On December 18 (Wednesday), Dr. Yoshihisa Godo, Professor of Department of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, was invited to deliver a talk on " The possible impact of Japan's new foreign labor policy on the Japanese agricultural industry. " Dr. Sheng-Jang Shen, Associate Profe..
Japan: Headquarters on creating dynamism in agriculture, forestry and fishery industries and local communities (183)  2019-12-10
On December 10, 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the 26th meeting of the Headquarters on Creating Dynamism in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Industries and Local Communities at the Prime Minister’s Office. At the meeting, discussions were held on the future direction of the agricultu..
Japan: DNA testing introduced to protect Kobe beef brands (286)  2019-10-15
In October this year, beef producers and sellers in Hyogo Prefecture introduced DNA testing as part of efforts to make the control over Kobe and Tajima brand high-reputation beef more stringent. Six certified Kobe beef slaughterhouses now collect meat samples when a Kobe cow is slaughtered and se..
Japan: Japan’s farm minister to allow swine fever vaccination (248)  2019-09-21
In the battle against swine fever, Taku Eto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, has decided to start preparing for the change the country’s epidemic prevention policy. After the policy change, the country is going to introduce a new vaccination program for pigs grown at ..
Number of young new farmers in Japan dips below 20,000 in 2018, fight over new workers with other industries gets severer (393)  2019-09-20
The number of young beginning farmers under the age of 49 was 19,290 in 2018, down 7% from the previous year. It fell below 20,000 for the first time in five years, according to a survey released by the Ministry of Agriculture on August 9. The drop in the figure is partly attributable to the decreas..
Japan: Abe’s fourth Cabinet picks Taku Eto as new MAFF minister to lead steady development of agricultural policy reform (253)  2019-09-12
The fourth Abe Cabinet was formed on November 11. It appointed Taku Eto as the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Eto, a first-time minister, used to be an assistant to the prime minister Shinzo Abe. He is an expert of an agriculture and forestry policy in LDP. Abe intends to strengthe..
Japan: Development of an International Standard for an Information Model for the Electricity Balancing Market to Start (346)  2019-08-23
Europe and Japan cooperatively proposed to the IEC the development of an international standard for an information model for electricity balancing markets. This proposal was approved, so the IEC has started work on the standard. Data exchanges based on the information model will be a..
Japan: Agriculture management entities dips below 1.2 million, large-scale farmers’ acreage also decreasing (373)  2019-08-06
The number of agriculture management entities in Japan has gone below 1.2 million, the lowest in the past ten years, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. The number of family management entities, which account for more than 90%, dipped 2.7% ..
JA-ZENCHU and JICA to jointly help developing nations through agricultural aid, international support and know-how sharing (780)  2019-05-31 (1639)
JA Group and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are signing a new partnership agreement on the initiatives to provide agricultural support to developing countries in Asia. The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU) is going to act as a liaison office for agricultural c..
Japan to cut wheat import prices on low freight costs and TPP (447)  2019-05-20
Japan will slash its sales prices for imported wheat by 1.7 percent from April, due to a drop in freight costs and a cut in the country’s mark-up prices following the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The agriculture ministry announced on March 8 that it will set the weighted avera..
Trump calls on Abe to abolish tariffs on U.S. farm produce, determined to reach agreement on bilateral trade talks (760)  2019-05-07 (1816)
In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 26 (April 27 Japan time) at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed Japan to end tariffs on U.S. agricultural products in the bilateral trade talks. Trump expressed determination to reach an agreement, indicating a deal might be rea..
Japan: Civil groups call for vaster political support for small farmers (737)  2019-04-11
The committee for the UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in Japan held a meeting at the members’ office building for the house of councilors in Nagata-cho, Tokyo, on February 18.  The network of academic leaders and civil groups gathered t..
Japan: Illegal meat product imports by Chinese visitors total 42,000 cases in 2018, up 1.5 times in three years (717)  2019-04-11
Cases of illegal imports of meat products such as sausages and ham by Chinese travelers to Japan totaled 42,280 in 2018, increasing 1.5 times in three years to mark the largest figure in the last decade, according to the agriculture ministry statistics. Because an African swine fever outbreak has..
Tokyo’s Nerima to host 2019 Urban Agriculture World Summit (894)  2018-12-27
Tokyo’s Nerima Ward will host the world’s first Urban Agriculture World Summit (UAWS), which will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 next year, looking to urban farming as providers of vital ecosystems services in major metropolitan areas. With limited land, urban farms also offer the cha..
Japan aims more ASEAN states to accede seed patent UPOV (741)  2018-12-26
Japan has set a target by 2027 to get more than half of Southeast Asian members to accede to the 1991 revision of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention. Japan has been pushing the neighboring countries to build an intellectual property system that..
Japan food exports rise in September on wagyu beef and fruits (803)  2018-12-25
Japan’s food exports rose for the seventh consecutive month in September, thanks to largely to appetite for wagyu beef and fruits in neighboring Asian countries, official data has showed. Total shipments of agriculture products, processed foods and seafood soared 14% to 79.2 billion yen in ..
700 dairy farmers meet in Tokyo to call for milk price increase (886)  2018-11-29
On November 14, 2018, the Dairy Farmers’ Political Federation of Japan (Nihon Rakuno Seiji Renmei) gathered at the LDP headquarters in Nagata-cho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, to announce the launch of the initiatives for maintaining and developing small- and medium-sized businesses-most of them run b..
Crop damage by wild animals in Japan falls 5% in 2017: survey (791)  2018-11-20
A recent survey has revealed that crops damaged by wildlife invasions in Japan fell 5 percent from a year earlier, as the central government and local authorities encouraged trapping and hunting wild animals such as boars and deer. Economic losses caused by wildlife was estimated at 16.4 billion ..
Rise in Malaysian visitors to Japan pushes up Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia (946)  2018-09-07
Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia is expanding significantly. Notably, the export of Japanese pears and peaches is experiencing a big surge.   As the number of Malaysian travelers grew, a greater number of the Malaysians have become big fans of Japanese fruits and they buy more fruit..
Japan’s growers aim to revive floral tradition at Tokyo Olympics (892)  2018-09-07
Athletes who finished in the top three received Japanese flower bouquets at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Tokyo on Aug. 9-14. This is a part of efforts that the Japan Flower Growers Association (JFGA) has been pushing. The organization aims to bring the floral tradition back..
Some Japanese food exports hit record high in first half of 2018 (858)  2018-09-04
Some of Japanese food exports in the first six months of 2018 broke the previous record set last year, as the popularity of Japanese dish, or washoku, has hit new heights around the globe in recent years. Shipments of Japanese beef, for example, jumped 37% to 10.8 billion yen in the first half fr..
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate remains flat at 38% in 2017 (1715)  2018-09-03 (1788)
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate remained the second lowest level in 2017, due to steadily declining consumption of rice, the country’s staple food, and increasing meat imports, despite a recover of harvest in northern Japan. The calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency in 2017 r..
Japan needs to improve self-sufficiency rate: farm minister (1365)  2018-09-03 (2301)
Japan’s Agriculture Minister Ken Saito has stressed the government will double its efforts to help farmers enable to keep growing products that people want to eat in order to improve the country’s food self-sufficiency. The calorie-based rate of self-sufficiency remained flat at 37.78..
Japan’s farm group sets up a base in Taiwan to expand exports (921)  2018-08-30
Japan’s largest farmers’ group has opened its marketing base in Taiwan to boost Japanese farm and food exports. This is the fifth overseas base for the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Association (JA ZEN-NOH). The marketing arm of JA group has export hubs in the U.S., ..
Japan likely to extend best-before dates to boost pork exports (867)  2018-08-29
Japan is planning to extend best-before dates for pork products in a bit to boost chilled exports, informed sources have said. The agriculture and health miniseries have set up a panel to look at hygienic controls abroad and review guidelines for setting best-before dates. The first meeting of..
Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's aging farmers (1088)  2018-08-23
For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy fields and perform backbreaking tasks in a fraction of the time it takes for elderly farmers. Developers of the new agricultural drone say it offers high-tech relief for rural co..
Japan’s meat imports in first half hit a record high in 20 years (1037)  2018-08-15
Japan’s meat imports in the first half of 2018 broke the 1 million metric ton barrier for the first time in 20 years, as consumers tend to satisfy their growing demand through more cheap imports, data has showed. Imports of red meat and poultry rose 2% to 1.02 million metric tons in the Jan..
Japan to accept more foreign workers by creating new visa (954)  2018-08-14
Japan is finally set to make a further step to tackle for its chronical labor shortage: accepting more low-skilled foreign workers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told labor-related ministers to speed up plans that bring in more low-skilled foreign workers to Japan at a July 24 meeting. Agriculture Mi..
Japan’s ruling LDP presses gov’t not to enter trade talk with USHong Kong eases post-Fukushima ban on some Japanese food (908)  2018-08-09
Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) trade chairman has said the upcoming ministerial-level trade talks with the U.S. should not lead to a free trade negotiation between the two. “It is important that this dialogue should not become preliminary talks on launching official ..
Japan’s appetite for cheese grows amid pursuing FTA with EU (860)  2018-08-08
Cheese consumption in Japan has been growing, as people prefer eating at home than dining out to save some extra cash, official data has showed. But Japanese farmers have failed to meet that demand as the domestic cheese production has been declining. So, floods of imports are taking advantage of..
Japan releases text of trade deal with EU; 5-year review clause (895)  2018-08-07
Japan has published the text of the free trade deal with EU when both leaders signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Tokyo on July 17. Brussels had already released key elements of the trade deal one year earlier on the European Commission’s website, while Tokyo refused..
TPP-11 members agree to facilitate expanding membership (912)  2018-08-07
The 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed to facilitate expansion of membership, once the trade pact comes into effect, informed sources said. Before entering accession talks, countries wishing to join the TPP-11 must inform New Zealand, the depository of the TPP-11, of it..
Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples (1187)  2018-07-17
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 June 8. Technically, J..
Japan to export fresh beef to Argentina in July for the first time (1037)  2018-07-13
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 on June 29. Japan wil..
GM crop area reaches a record 190 million ha in 2017: ISAAA (987)  2018-07-12
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, according to the Inte..
Japan-made bananas attracting attention with development of nontropical plants (977)  2018-07-12
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 seeds and plants manufa..
Japan aims to reduce household food waste in half by 2030 (948)  2018-07-10
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 consumers. The move is part ..
Japan suspends sales of Canadian wheat after GMO discovery (991)  2018-07-09
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 is Japan’s No. 2 w..
Japan’s food exports rise in April on beef and fishery products (965)  2018-07-05
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 a year earlier, accord..
Australia lifts ban on Japanese beef imports after 17 years (1234)  2018-06-19
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 on May 29. Australia ..
Japanese restaurants abroad with official recognition grow (1073)  2018-06-06
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 acquired the certification..
Japan’s lower house passes TPP-11, pushing related trade bills (1105)  2018-06-04
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 bill and sent it to the en..
Japan’s bipartisan lawmakers seek rice, sake export expansion (1115)  2018-05-23
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 starting April 1. The Ja..
Japan’s rice and sake exporters want removal of tariff barriers (1206)  2018-05-22
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 exporters about the challenges..
Wakayama growers prepare to export new strawberry Marihime (1193)  2018-05-22
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 exported 890 tons of str..
Japan to have more rice mills and warehouses to ship to China (1116)  2018-05-18
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 rice mill and two fumigat..
Japan-US trade talks will not lead to a new FTA: farm minister (942)  2018-05-14
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, nor as preliminary talks ..
New National Plan for the Promotion of Biomass Utilization in Japan (2274)  2016-11-11
On September 16, 2016, the Cabinet decided to implement the new national plan for the promotion of biomass utilization. The new national plan for the promotion of biomass utilization is supposed to deliberate whether or not to revise the present national plan at least every five years based on th..
New Long-term Land Improvement Plan in Japan (1849)  2016-10-03
On August 24, 2016, the Cabinet decided to efficiently & systemically implement the policies for the new long-term land improvement plan for FY2016-2020. The long-term land improvement plan is supposed to be revised every five years based on the Land Improvement Act (Act No. 195 of 1949). ..
The Memoranda of Cooperation for Mutual Use of Inspection Results of Variety Registration signed in Japan (2022)  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 (2008)  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: (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 (2132)  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 (2040)  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 (2124)  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:
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (2298)  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 (2057)  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 (2398)  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 (2315)  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 (2170)  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 (2251)  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 (2397)  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 (2221)  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: