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Analysis: Stock price plunge rattles Abenomics’ optimistic scenario

(Mainichi: August 25, 2015 – p. 1)    Japan’s steady economic recovery may get derailed if global equity prices drop and the yen’s rise continues. The recent market tumble cannot be ignored, as the government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relied on stock price gains to maintain its influence. Calls could grow for the government to take steps….Read more

  • 2015-08-25 15:00:00
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JA-Zenchu head, Farm Minister Hayashi agree to keep rice prices stable

(Mainichi: August 18, 2015 – p. 6)    Choe Okuno, the new president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, discussed rice prices and land improvement projects, such as construction of agricultural waterways, with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi on August 17.    Okuno and Hayashi appear to have agreed on the importance of keeping….Read more

  • 2015-08-18 15:00:00
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New JA chief sees TPP, decline in rice prices as major issues

(Yomiuri: August 12, 2015 – p. 9)    Choe Okuno, 68, who has served as a director of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA Zenchu) and as head of JA Mie, was elected the new JA Zenchu chairman on Aug. 11.    Japan’s agriculture is at a turning point, facing such serious challenges as the shortage or aging of….Read more

  • 2015-08-12 15:00:00
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Japan’s exports of farm products and seafood hit record for January-June

(Sankei: August 11, 2015 – p. 2)    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Aug. 10 that the export of Japanese agricultural, fishery and food products hit a record high for the first six months (from January to June) in 2015. According to the ministry, these exports increased by 24.9% to 354.7 billion yen, the highest figure….Read more

  • 2015-08-11 15:00:00
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LDP sets up task force to look into cutting minimum access quota for rice imports

(Nikkei: August 6, 2015 – p. 5)    The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has set up a special task force to review the minimum access quota for rice imports. The team will review Japan’s present imports of 770,000 tons of rice per year without tariffs and look into reducing the minimum access quota for rice imports. The LDP is hoping….Read more

  • 2015-08-06 15:00:00
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Japan makes record beef exports in first half of 2015; TPP deal to give further boost

(Nikkei: July 31, 2015 – p. 23)    Japan’s beef exports are growing. Japan exported a record 670 tons (of major cuts) in the January-June period in 2015, the largest amount ever for the first half of the year. Foreign food service industries now find Japanese beef to be less expensive thanks to the depreciation of the yen. If the….Read more

  • 2015-07-31 15:00:00
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Japan to allow 70,000 tons, guarantee 50,000 tons of tariff-free U.S. rice imports

(Yomiuri: July 30, 2015 – Top play)    The government has begun coordination on a 70,000-ton “special TPP quota” for imports of rice for use as staple food from the U.S., as well as guaranteeing the import of at least 50,000 tons – with the remaining 20,000 tons to be left to private sector transactions — in the TPP negotiations.….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Agreed tariff on U.S. beef, pork to apply to all TPP partners

(Sankei: July 30, 2015 – p. 1)    By Makoto Honda in Lahaina, Hawaii    It was learned that Japan is coordinating to apply the level of tariff on beef and pork that it agrees with the U.S. to Australia, Canada, and other nations in the TPP negotiations. It is reckoned that uniform competition conditions for all countries in the….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. at odds on beef, pork import safeguards under TPP

(Sankei: July 30, 2015 – p. 3)    By Makoto Honda in Lahaina, Hawaii    The TPP ministerial meeting opened on July 28 (July 29 in Japan). Japan is finalizing its tariff talks with the other TPP participants. Its plan to set a uniform tariff for beef and pork imports will result in a major tariff reduction for most imported….Read more

  • 2015-07-30 15:00:00
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Japanese women breathe new life into agribusiness

Agriculture is often said to be an endangered industry in Japan because the nation’s farming population has declined by 1 million from 3.3 million in 2005 to 2.3 million in 2013, and the average age of farmers in Japan is 66. However, women, who make up half of the total agricultural workforce in Japan, are beginning to play a greater….Read more

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