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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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Japan, Russia begin fishing quota talks 

All national papers reported that the Fisheries Agency announced on Monday that Japan and Russia began virtually holding their annual talks on fishing quotas for salmon and trout within Japan’s EEZ near Hokkaido. Mainichi said that although it is unusual for such talks to be held at a time when strong sanctions are being imposed on Russia over its invasion of….Read more

  • April 12, 2022
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Farm ministry to devise method for measuring greenhouse gas emissions at production stage

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is stepping up efforts to promote decarbonization by agricultural producers and food business operators. It plans to devise a method to measure greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production stage and soon release a manual to improve the transparency of producers’ decarbonization efforts. Through this move, it will support businesses’ decarbonization efforts….Read more

  • April 6, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
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ECONOMY > Agriculture

Japan funds for farmers to offset trade pacts underused for 5 years

TOKYO – Japanese government subsidies for agriculture and other industries affected by major free trade pacts, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, were underutilized for five years from the start of the initiative in fiscal 2016, according to government data.   The government had allocated a budget of over 2 trillion yen ($16.4 billion) to support the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries….Read more

  • March 27, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:51 p.m.
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U.S., Japan forge new accord on beef tariff safeguard

All national papers highlighted announcements by the USTR and the Agriculture Ministry on Thursday regarding a new bilateral agreement on U.S. beef imports, saying that the two sides decided to adopt new criteria for triggering safeguard emergency restrictions in the event of an import surge. Under the new rule, imports duties on U.S. products will not be raised even if….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan unlikely to ban Russian seafood imports

Jiji reported on Saturday that the Kishida administration has decided not to include an import ban on seafood in future sanctions against Russia based on the assessment that such a step could deal a heavy blow to Japanese food processing companies and the restaurant industry and have a major impact on the economy in rural areas, including Hokkaido, as a….Read more

  • March 19, 2022
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Japan’s imported wheat price to hit 14-yr high amid Ukraine crisis

TOKYO – Japan’s farm ministry said Wednesday it will raise the average price at which it sells imported wheat to the country’s milling companies by 17.3 percent from April, nearing a 14-year high, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stokes fears of global supply disruptions.   The average price of five major wheat brands will be 72,530 yen ($626) per ton in the April-September….Read more

  • March 9, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 9:10 p.m.
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LDP to launch a new in-house organization on food security

The Liberal Democratic Party plans to set up a new in-house organization to discuss overall national security policies concerning food, including food safety and the improvement of the nation’s food self-sufficiency, the Sankei Shimbun learned on Feb. 16. The party regards securing stable food supplies as a key element of national security and will discuss various challenges Japan faces, such….Read more

  • February 17, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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