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Interview: Japan minister calls coronavirus aid for farmers insufficient

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Genjiro Kaneko has said the support measures that have been offered to domestic farmers, forestry workers and fishers struggling amid the novel coronavirus crisis have been insufficient.     “Taking measures to mitigate the fallout of the pandemic is currently our most urgent task. We’ll consider our responses for the….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:18 p.m.
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Japan to discuss establishing spot rice market

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s agriculture ministry said Tuesday that it has set up a panel to consider establishing a spot market for rice.   The envisaged market is aimed at raising fairness and transparency in the price-setting process so that rice farmers can get an accurate grasp of demand and supply.   The panel is expected to design the….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:12 p.m.
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U.S. lifts all post-Fukushima import restrictions on Japanese food products

NHK reported this morning that the U.S. government announced that it has lifted all restrictions on imports of food products from Japan established in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The network said that under the restrictions, U.S. imports of a total of 100 agricultural products from 14 prefectures, including Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi, had been suspended. The network….Read more

  • September 22, 2021
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Farm ministry to help boost organic farming in Japan

Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese agriculture ministry hopes to accelerate the spread of organic farming in Japan by establishing new subsidies for local governments, officials have said.   The ministry hopes to spread organic farming and environmentally friendly agricultural technologies to realize sustainable agriculture through regional cooperation among producers, local retailers and researchers led by local governments.   In….Read more

  • September 8, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:02 p.m.
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Japan farm ministry to seek 16 pct budget increase

Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to call for a 16.4 pct increase to 2,684.2 billion yen in its fiscal 2022 budget from the previous year, informed sources said.     In fiscal 2022, which starts next April, the ministry will focus on projects including technology development to reduce carbon emissions and digitalization of agriculture.….Read more

  • August 25, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:39 p.m.
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Exports of Fukushima farm products on recovery, overcoming radiation rumors

  Fukushima, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)–Exports of farm products from Fukushima Prefecture have been on a recovery path, overcoming reputational damage after the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture in 2011.   The exports hit a record high in terms of volume for the third….Read more

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:03 p.m.
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Japan sours as premium grape widely copied in China, South Korea

DAISHI CHIBA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — High-end grape variety “Shine Muscat” is a bona fide Japanese brand, certified by the nation’s agricultural ministry.   Sweet and fragrant, the grapes can fetch $60 or more per branch at groceries. But this prized breed has been widely copied by farmers in South Korea and China, who now beat Japanese counterparts in production volume.  ….Read more

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Chinese companies rush to buy up cotton stockpiles, stirring concerns of illegal exporting

By Horio Munemasa and Funaki Ayaka   Chinese cotton manufacturers are rushing to participate in bids to buy the Chinese government’s cotton stockpiles. Because the U.S. and European countries are increasingly avoiding cotton from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is suspected of being produced by forced labor, this year’s bidding was expected to be slow. Demand [for cotton] seems….Read more

  • August 11, 2021
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Exclusive: Japan’s rice acreage to decrease in 2021

  Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)–The acreage of rice to be grown for consumption as a staple food in Japan in 2021 is estimated to fall by some 65,000 hectares from the previous year to slightly over 1.3 million hectares, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.   The estimated drop is attributable to the agriculture ministry’s program for encouraging….Read more

  • July 27, 2021
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