As early as next spring, the government will consolidate negotiations with foreign countries and pre-export inspections in a new organization with an eye to expanding exports of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products. Currently, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare examines whether products meet the safety standards of export destination countries. Such a system, however, lacks the perspective of export promotion, and the procedures take time. The new organization will work under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It will conduct negotiations with foreign countries, draw up export promotion measures, and conduct inspections in an integrated manner. It will also harness the services of some 100 private organizations nationwide to reduce inspection time.
The plan will be finalized at a meeting of the relevant cabinet ministers headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on June 4. It will be included in the Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform (big-boned policy), which will be compiled in June. The government will submit a new law to the extraordinary Diet session scheduled for this autumn and include related expenses in the fiscal 2020 draft budget. (Abridged)