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Seniors, women eating more dry-aged beef

(Nikkei MJ: July 1, 2015 – p. 1)    Beef consumption is growing on a “mega” scale in Japan, driven by brisk demand for dry-aged beef and rare beef parts served at upscale steak restaurants and supermarkets. The boom has been gaining steam since Japan lifted the import ban on bone-in beef from the U.S. in 2013. The rising popularity….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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LDP TPP opponents reiterate demand to maintain tariff in sensitive farm sectors

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 1, 2015 – p. 6)    In light of the enactment of the TPA bill in the U.S., the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a meeting on June 30 to discuss the TPP negotiations, which are expected to gain momentum from now on. LDP members reiterated to TPP Minister Akira Amari and other government negotiators their demand….Read more

  • 2015-07-01 15:00:00
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“Nihonshu” to be defined as sake containing only Japanese rice and water

(Asahi: June 9, 2015 – p. 1)    The Ministry of Finance plans to finalize a policy by the end of this year under which the name “nihonshu” (Japanese sake) will only be allowed to be used for sake that is domestically produced. The decision will be made as part of the “Cool Japan” strategy to differentiate domestically produced sake….Read more

  • 2015-06-09 15:00:00
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Diet debate on agriculture co-op law starts

(Nikkei: May 15, 2015 – p. 4)    Deliberations on a bill to revise the Agricultural Co-operative Society Law were launched on May 14 at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. The bill is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the agricultural industry. The government regards the bill as a showcase feature of the reform of the so-called….Read more

  • 2015-05-15 15:00:00
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Farm ministry paying out subsidies for rice export, processing

(Nikkei: May 13, 2015 – p. 4)    As a measure to deal with unsold rice, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) began in FY2015 paying out subsidies to farmers who take the initiative in exporting rice or processing rice as fodder. Subsidies will be granted to farmers’ groups that have saved up reserve funds to deal with….Read more

  • 2015-05-13 15:00:00
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A Kobe University venture turns waste rice into strong resin

(Nikkei: May 5, 2015 – p. 9)    Bioenergy, a Kobe University spinoff venture in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, has developed technology capable of producing strong, biodegradable resin from discarded old rice and cadmium-contaminated rice. It will soon start shipping samples.    The firm, in partnership with Osaka University and others, has established a method of producing lactic acid used in….Read more

  • 2015-05-07 15:00:00
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Gov’t to develop heat-resistant rice, vegetables and other food varieties

(Yomiuri: May 6, 2015 – p. 1-2)    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is planning to step up research and development on farm products that can grow in hot and arid weather as part of efforts to combat global warming. It aims to develop more than 10 varieties of rice, vegetables and fruit over the next five….Read more

  • 2015-05-07 15:00:00
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Battle over the TPP: Part 3—The clash of rice and autos

(Chunichi Shimbun: April 23, 2015 – p. 1)    Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman held 70 hours of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement from the night of April 19 to the dawn of April 21. The two met for the first time in about seven months in….Read more

  • 2015-04-30 15:00:00
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Opposition grows against raising rice import quota within LDP

(Nikkei: April 23, 2015 – p. 4)    Opposition grew against increasing rice import quotas at a Liberal Democratic Party meeting to discuss the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and other trade issues.    The meeting was held on April 22, joined by members of the party’s committee on TPP and other groups. With TPP negotiations….Read more

  • 2015-04-23 15:00:00
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Japan, U.S. hold TPP talks on rice, auto parts

(Sankei: April 20, 2015 – p. 1)    The Japanese and U.S. governments started negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by TPP Minister Akira Amari and USTR Michael Froman in Tokyo on April 19. This round of talks is expected to end on April 20 and final consultations on Japan’s tariff on rice and the U.S. tariff on auto parts….Read more

  • 2015-04-20 15:00:00
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