【News】 Japan agrees with Thai to mutually protect Geographical Indication for farm products (March 23, 2017)

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Commerce of Thai Government agreed on March 22 to promote cooperation for mutual protection of Geographical Indication (GI) for farm products of the two countries. The agreement made by the two governments aims at excluding copies and imitation products, damaging interests of brand-name products, from agricultural markets in Japan and Thailand for protecting GI. It is the first time for MAFF to be cooperative with a foreign government in order to mutually protect GI for agricultural products. Last December, Japanese Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and … Continue reading

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【News】 Asian farmers’ organizations agree to further enhance cooperation for raising agricultural productivity with developed technology (March 22, 2017)

“Asian Farmers’ Group for Cooperation (AFGC)” set up by farmers’ organizations in nine Asian countries completed a two-day session of its 17th annual conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 21. A main theme of the meeting this year was how to raise agricultural productivity with use of developed technology in their respective countries. Representatives of Asian farmers’ organizations exchanged their views and shared their experiences each other at the meeting, and reached agreement on enhancement of cooperation for promoting necessary information as well as sharing it among themselves. Participants from the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka presented their respective reports on achievements of farmers’ income-raising projects implemented with … Continue reading

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【News】 World’ first black tea ingredients analyzer developed by Japanese company Kawasaki Kiko (March 19, 2017)

Kawasaki Kiko Co., Ltd., based at Kakegawa city, Shizuoka prefecture, begins to sell a new product of a black tea ingredients quick analyzer names “GTN-B” early April. Green tea ingredients quick analyzers manufactured by Kawasaki Kiko and other companies are available in the market. A representative of the Kawasaki Kiko company told the press that the black tea ingredients instantaneous analyzers have not been available in the market, saying “We are very proud of developing the analyzer for the first time in the world.” Shizuoka Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and Shizuoka Seiki, Co., Ltd. also jointed the successful development of this new black tea ingredients analyzer. Kawasaki Kiko’s … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s Agricultural Minister currently expecting no talks on farm trade issues at coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue (March 18, 2017)

Yuji Yamamoto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, told the press about his prospect for the coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue after the Cabinet meeting held on March 17, saying “My interpretation is that issues of agriculture, forestry and fisheries will not be put on a table from a beginning of the bilateral dialogue.” Agricultural Minister Yamamoto clarified his understanding that agriculture has not been currently included in the agenda of the economic dialogue, although some officials of the U.S. administration are increasingly demanding Japan to further liberalize its farm market. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Japan this April to kick off the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue … Continue reading

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【News】Big colorful balloons lift off in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture (Mar. 5, 2017)

A couple of dozens of big colorful balloons flew high up in the air over the snow-covered rice fileds in the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture. This year’s Ojiya Balloon Festival, the 41st one in its long history, was held on February 25 and 26, 2017, in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture. Visitors to the annual winter festival were invited to have a brief ride on a balloon offered by a local agricultural cooperative and to enjoy watching the skills of balloon operators competing in an amateur hot air balloon competition over the snowfield called “the Sea of Japan Cross Country Championship”. The venue for the winter hot air balloon race … Continue reading

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