Relevant Japanese cabinet ministers held their first meeting Thursday to exchange opinions on how to boost food exports.
At the meeting, chaired by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, members including farm and health ministers took up the issue of the health ministry’s slow work to provide meat-processing facilities with sanitary certificates, which are indispensable to beef exports to Europe and the United States.
Suga underscored the importance of swiftly developing an environment in which Japanese food producers can export their products to as many countries as possible.
The participants agreed to get their ministries united in negotiating with countries and regions that are restricting Japanese food imports because of the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The government aims to boost exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products including processed foods to one trillion yen in 2019. The exports stood at 906.8 billion yen the previous year.