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Wholesale price of U.S. beef rib falls by 10%

The wholesale price of U.S. beef ribs has fallen. The price of beef ribs (short plate) used for beef bowls is 10% lower than it was in early September 2022. Beef consumption is stagnant in Asia, especially in China where the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns remains. U.S. exporters with surplus stock lowered their prices for Japan, and domestic wholesale prices….Read more

  • September 22, 2022
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Editorial: Dangerous to rely on imports for food supply

The stable supply of food is threatened by the deteriorating global security environment and climate change. The Japanese government must take the situation seriously and rethink its strategy on this issue.   To strengthen food security, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has instructed relevant ministries and agencies to review the Basic Law on Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, which was enacted….Read more

  • September 20, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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Kishida instructs gov’t to review basic law on agriculture

On Sept. 9, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio instructed his government to review the Basic Act on Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, which undergirds the nation’s agricultural policy. The move is intended to strengthen food security, which has been threatened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We’ll verify [the law] for a year or so to identify what course of action….Read more

  • September 10, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 2
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Interview: Minister vows to fight Japanese food import curbs

Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)–Japanese reconstruction minister Kenya Akiba has promised to directly urge some countries and regions to remove their import bans on Japanese food products that have been in place since the 2011 nuclear accident.     “It’s important to persuade them with accumulated scientific evidence,” Akiba said in a recent interview. “I will directly present such evidence to people….Read more

  • September 7, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:30 a.m.
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Japan to keep imported wheat price unchanged despite inflation

TOKYO – The Japanese government plans to keep unchanged the average price at which it sells imported wheat to milling companies from October onward despite soaring inflation, an official with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.   The plan is aimed at easing the burden on households suffering from higher prices of wheat products such as bread and noodles on the back of….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 4:44 p.m.
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Japan farm exports in 2022 1st half hit record high as more dine out

The value of Japan’s agricultural and seafood exports in the first six months of 2022 expanded 13.1 percent from a year earlier, marking a record high for the period, as waning coronavirus cases encouraged more people to eat out, government data showed Friday.   Exports in the January-June period totaled 652.5 billion yen ($4.9 billion), supported by robust shipments to….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 12:49 p.m.
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Japan to create body to protect crop developer rights

Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s agriculture ministry is planning to establish a new organization that will protect the rights of developers of new agricultural products in fiscal 2023, which ends in March 2024, officials said.   Japan has faced a series of cases in which people and groups working hard to develop new agricultural products, such as expensive Shine Muscat….Read more

  • July 19, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:32 a.m.
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High grain prices prompt Japan farmers to grow wheat rather than rice

TOKYO – More Japanese farmers are planning to lower their rice production and switch to wheat and soybean this year amid rising grain prices caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to a government survey.   Among Japan’s 47 prefectures, 37 said as of the end of April that they will reduce cooking rice acreage from a year earlier, up from….Read more

  • June 11, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:42 a.m.
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Record-high fertilizer prices seen battering Japan farmers

Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)–Soaring prices of fertilizers are certain to deliver a heavy blow to farmers in Japan.   The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, or Zen-Noh, has decided to substantially raise its fertilizer prices from June, with major products seeing their prices reach record heights.   The move reflects a surge in international market prices, brought on….Read more

  • June 3, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:30 a.m.
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China’s ongoing restriction of Japanese food imports may influence TPP negotiations

By Oki Seima (China Bureau) and Terashima Mayumi (economics section)   The Chinese government’s import restrictions on Japanese food products, started in response to the 2011 TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, are still ongoing. There is a complete ban on imports of Japanese fruits and vegetables. It has been pointed out that the China’s claims lack scientific evidence,….Read more

  • May 30, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 3
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