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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
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine crisis exacerbates fertilizer woes for Japan farms

By SHO HATSUMI/ Staff Writer   Japan’s agriculture industry has found itself pretty much powerless to do anything except wait for the worst as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is sending already-rising fertilizer prices through the roof.   Japan imports most of the materials for chemical fertilizers. Twenty to 30 percent of Japan’s imports of potassium chloride, a key ingredient in….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:10 a.m.
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Global food prices surge after Russian invasion of Ukraine

Yomiuri ran an extensive report on the recent surge in food prices around the world, saying that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been threatening stable food supplies because the Russian forces’ blockade of Black Sea ports has been disrupting grain exports from Ukraine. The paper wrote that the disruptions at Black Sea ports have been seriously affecting many nations in….Read more

  • May 17, 2022
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Kubota developing large-scale facilities in Japan, U.S.

By Nakai Narushi   Kubota is accelerating its investment in R&D at home and abroad. In April, the company’s largest facility for developing agricultural machinery went online in Georgia.  The new facility will develop four-wheel vehicles for transporting materials in addition to developing lawn mowers, which are expected to be in high demand in the United States. Kubota invested about….Read more

  • May 11, 2022
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Exclusive: LDP to propose budget quota for food security

Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)–A Liberal Democratic Party team will propose that the government establish a budget quota for measures to enhance Japan’s food security, Jiji Press learned Wednesday.     The ruling LDP’s team on food security will call for the establishment of sustainable food supply chains amid global concerns over the supplies of food, fertilizers and feedstuff heightened by….Read more

  • May 11, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:11 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japanese farmers hit by higher grain, fertilizer prices

Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)–Japanese farmers are being hit by higher prices of grain, fertilizers and other supplies necessary for agriculture and livestock farming, as Russia’s aggression against Ukraine continues.     In particular, grain prices are soaring due to a decline in exports from both Russia and Ukraine, boosting the prices of compound feed.     But many producers are finding it difficult….Read more

  • April 18, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:24 p.m.
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U.S. raises tariff on Japanese beef

Mainichi wrote that the United States has raised its tariff on Japanese beef as its low-tariff quota this year for imports from Japan, Brazil, and other countries had been met due to an influx of beef from Brazil. Noting that the United States is the second largest importer of Japanese beef, the paper said this may deal a blow to….Read more

  • April 13, 2022
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