Japan lobby group aims to boost home-grown wheat products

TOKYO, June 28 — Japan is seeking to boost the country’s production of wheat and barley by encouraging more wheat and barley farmers to be involved in sales of new products at a new outlet in Tokyo. The National Rice Wheat and Barley Improvement Association has opened a shop for testing sales of new products that use Japanese-grown wheat and barley. The association names the Tokyo shop “Mugi kurabe”. It has a fully-equipped kitchen, a place to display locally-produced new products and seating areas to eat them. The association will offer serving staff and transport costs for small businesses or growers to present their products in the Tokyo outlet. Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan becomes second country after Mexico to ratify TPP-11

TOKYO, July 7 — Japan has become the second country to ratify the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or the TPP-11, joining Mexico which ratified the regional trade deal in April. On July 6, Japan informed New Zealand, the depository of the trade pact, of its completion of the ratification process. The TPP-11 pact will enter into force 60 days after six of the 11 countries ratify the deal, a process that involves amending their respective domestic laws. “We hope that enough countries will ratify the agreement soon so that we can bring it into force as early as early next year,” Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a July 6 … Continue reading

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Japanese local farmers go online to sell direct overseas buyers

TOKYO, June 23 — Japan’s agriculture ministry has launched an online shopping site that connects local growers and food makers with overseas buyers directly. In January, the ministry set up the site “Washoku Treasure,” named after the traditional Japanese cuisine, a site that specializes in Japanese-grown foods. It will soon update the site, including simplifying the payment. The site gives overseas restaurant chefs and buyers a way to search for food produced in Japan and buy it directly from Japanese farmers and food makers. In essence, it’s a virtual market with Japanese local foods for sale, from produce to meat to seafood. Japanese growers create lists describing what they’re selling; … Continue reading

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The nightmare remains – July 2018 torrential rain and floods in western Japan

EHIME, OKAYAMA, HIROSHIMA, July 14 – Several consecutive days of torrential rain that hit large parts of western Japan in July caused floods and landslides in a number of areas, with the death toll topping 200 in 14 prefectures. Farmlands and agricultural facilities were severely damaged, with floods killing crops and slopes with fruit trees collapsing. The extent of damage to agriculture is yet to be fully grasped.

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Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples

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 June 8. Technically, Japanese growers can ship apples to Canada, but have not done so since 1998 due to Ottawa’s phytosanitary restrictions. Japan exported apples last in 1997 at merely 4 metric tons. Since 2016, Japanese officials have been engaged in intense negotiations to get the requirements to be relaxed. Currently, apples account for about 50 percent of Japan’s total fruit exports. The major destination is Taiwan, accounting … Continue reading

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