15 nations sign RCEP, first trade pact between Japan and China, South Korea

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including Japan, China, South Korea and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held an online summit meeting on Nov. 15, concluding negotiations and signing the Regional Economic Partnership trade deal. Japan will maintain its current tariffs on five agricultural products it regards as domestically important – rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products and sugar – as well as chicken and poultry products. The government sees the latest pact would not have any particular impact on the domestic agricultural sector, since less items would be subject to tariff elimination compared to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. RCEP is an … Continue reading

Posted in Farm Policy, Food & Agriculture | Comments Off on 15 nations sign RCEP, first trade pact between Japan and China, South Korea

Illicit cultivation and distribution of Japanese sweet potato variety Beniharuka spreading in South Korea

TOKYO, Nov. 15 – Japanese sweet potato variety Beniharuka is cultivated and distributed widely in South Korea without permission, it has been learned. The variety already accounts for 40 percent of sweet potato cultivation area in South Korea, prompting many in Japan to express concern over South Korean-grown sweet potatoes getting in the way of Japanese products in the global market, as Beniharuka is regarded as one of the Japanese agricultural products with high export potential. It appears that South Korean farmers who visited a sweet potato growing region in Japan took back Beniharuka seed potatoes without permission. Cultivation of Beniharuka began in Haenam in South Korea’s South Jeolla province … Continue reading

Posted in Farm Policy, Food & Agriculture | Comments Off on Illicit cultivation and distribution of Japanese sweet potato variety Beniharuka spreading in South Korea

Robot tractor moving fast with eye to the future; first demonstration in Toyama successful

TOYAMA, Oct. 23-An empty tractor completed the work at one farmland and moved to another. No one was sitting in the driver seat, but on the way when it saw a mannequin doll crossing, it stopped automatically and give way to the doll. Such a futuristic experiment was shown at the farmland of an agricultural corporation in the capital of Toyama Prefecture on October 22, 2020. The next-generation tractor was developed by a consortium led by the National Agricultural Research Organization and demonstrated in the prefecture in central Japan. Conventional robot tractors can work autonomously without a driver in farmland, but they still need drivers to drive on the road. … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Agriculture, Others | Comments Off on Robot tractor moving fast with eye to the future; first demonstration in Toyama successful

“Add Noh Cards to your collection!” Young Japanese farmers get over 70 together to create new buzz with new trading cards

AICHI, Oct. 16 – New series of collectible cards featuring farmers are drawing consumers’ attention in Japan. The card called “Noh Card (Farmers Card)” proposed by three young farmers is a business card-sized card with a picture of farmers and information on their proud products. Consumers can have fun collecting them like other trading cards, and that encourages them to buy more agricultural products from more than 70 farmers who currently participate in the project. One of the proposers, Hiroyasu Ogawa is a 30-year-old grape tomato grower in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture. He hopes that the initiative can bring consumers and farmers closer together and build a positive image of … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Agriculture, Others | Comments Off on “Add Noh Cards to your collection!” Young Japanese farmers get over 70 together to create new buzz with new trading cards

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga eager to boost farm exports and revitalize regional economy

TOKYO, Oct. 27 – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made his first policy speech at the Diet on Oct. 26, expressing eagerness to revitalize rural areas and stimulate the Japanese economy by boosting tourism and agricultural reform. In order to increase income and inflow of people in regional areas, he said he will continue promoting exports of agricultural products and reforming the farm sector, the policies which he had been focusing on as chief cabinet secretary. But he failed to offer new policies regarding agriculture. In his speech given at the extraordinary Diet session which was convened on the day, Suga reiterated the fact that he was born in a farm … Continue reading

Posted in Farm Policy, Food & Agriculture | Comments Off on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga eager to boost farm exports and revitalize regional economy