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Japan farm minister eager to hold regular talks with Chinese counterpart

  • July 20, 2017
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto indicated a strong desire to hold regular meetings with his Chinese counterpart, saying, “I’d like to start visiting China on a regular basis as agriculture minister.” He made the remarks to Japanese reporters in the Chinese city of Shanghai on July 19.


Yamamoto spoke of his expectation that the Chinese farm minister will visit Japan and said he wants to hold regular talks in the fields of agriculture and food “once or twice a year.” He added that he and the Chinese minister can discuss a range of issues if such talks get underway. It is believed that the comments were made in reference to the abolition of import restrictions on Japanese food products. Yamamoto is scheduled to meet with Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu in Beijing on July 21.


On July 19, Yamamoto attended an event in Shanghai to promote Japanese foods to people in the restaurant industry. In a speech, he said, “I hope everyone [who came here today] becomes a fan of Japanese foods and shares their appeal with people across China.”

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