Japan asks China to lift food import bans on nuclear disaster

TOKYO, Aug. 31 ― Japanese and Chinese agriculture ministries have held a senior official meeting to discuss over farm issues, ranging from China’s import bans on Japanese farm products and recent outbreaks of deadly African swine fever in China. The high-level meeting took place on Aug. 30, the first time in two years and half. Such meetings have been disrupted by territorial disputes between the two countries. During the meeting, Japanese officials asked Chinese counterparts to lift import restrictions on foods from Japan, which have been placed in after the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, informed sources said. In the wake of the disaster, China has imposed bans … Continue reading

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Japan’s farm ministry to request 2.7 tln yen for FY 2019 budget

TOKYO, Aug. 24 ― Japan’s agriculture ministry has finalized its request budges on agriculture for fiscal 2019, highlighting a big boost in farm land improvement at 530.5 billion yen. The chairman of the National Federation of Land improvement Association is Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The budget request also includes 5 billion yen in the development of AI, or technologies which perform tasks that are characteristic of human intelligence in the sector. The request on agriculture-related budgets for the fiscal year starting from April 2019 totals 2.727 trillion yen. That was up by 74.4 billion yen from its budget request for fiscal … Continue reading

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Japan’s first case of swine fever in 26 years confirmed in Gifu

GIFU, Sept. 11 – The Gifu Prefectural Government announced on Sept. 9 that it has confirmed the nation’s first case of swine fever in 26 years at a farm in the city of Gifu. The culling and burying of 610 hogs at the farm were completed in the early morning of Sept. 10, and the place was decontaminated and disinfected by Sept. 11, the government said. It is yet unknown how the outbreak of the disease, also known as hog cholera, started. It differs from African swine fever which has been reported recently in China. Both diseases cannot infect humans and people are not affected even if meat from an … Continue reading

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Tokyo on alert for deadly African swine fever entering Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 22 ― Following outbreaks of deadly African swine fever (ASF) in China in early August, Japan is enhancing its disease surveillance and biosecurity controls at points of entry to the country. The Japanese agriculture ministry has released a poster, which highlights risks of infected pork imports from China in two languages — the Japanese and the Chinese. One warning sign reads: “It is forbidden to bring pork products into Japan from ASF affected regions, even they were sold at duty-free stores.” Another sign says, “Those who visited livestock farms in China are encourage to go to see veterinary quarantine officers at all ports and airports.” The highly contagious … Continue reading

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73-year-old Japanese aims to grow the world’s longest gourd

OBU, Aug. 26 ― A 73-year-old Japanese farmer has grown long gourds and says one day he will grow to a world’s record size. Masuo Hanai works as a farmer in Obu city, Aichi prefecture. He grew the 350 cm gourd in his greenhouse in 2015. Gourds are in the same family as pumpkins and squash. When pumpkins mature, they just rot and collapse, whereas when gourds mature, they turn hard like wood and dry out. They are around forever and can be used for soup bowls or artwork crafts. The current world record for the longest gourd, which was grown in Canada, is 379 cm, according to the Japanese … Continue reading

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