Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government said Tuesday it will launch a new framework to allow the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, and diplomatic offices abroad to work together to support exporters of agricultural and food products.
The government will introduce the new framework in key cities in eight countries and regions, such as the United States and the European Union, by fiscal 2023.
The new framework is part of new measures included in an update to the government’s strategy for promoting Japan’s farm and food exports.
The government will also create a system to certify groups engaging in marketing and research for Japanese farm and food products, especially rice, sake and fruit.
Fourteen countries and regions are still restricting imports of Japanese food due to concern about the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The government will call on them to scrap the restrictions at an early date.
Japan’s annual farm and food exports are on track to exceed 1 trillion yen for the first time this year. The government aims to raise the figure to 2 trillion yen by 2025 and 5 trillion yen by 2030.