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Japan-Australia EPA pushes up Japan-bound beef shipments by 20% on the year in March

(Nikkei: April 8, 2015 – p. 2)    Beef imports from Australia have been growing lately. Imports rose more than 20% on the year in March, suggesting that Japanese retailers are developing a growing appetite for Australian beef. Tariffs on Japan-bound beef from Australia have dropped since the two countries implemented their bilateral economic partnership agreement in January, prompting supermarkets….Read more

  • 2015-04-08 15:00:00
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Gov’t aims to change agriculture into a profitable industry

(Mainichi: March 18, 2015 – p. 6)    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) on March 17 put together a basic plan on food, agriculture, and farming villages to chart a course for the country’s basic agricultural policy over the next 10 years.    The plan calls for transforming Japan’s agricultural industry into a profitable business. It lowers….Read more

  • 2015-03-18 15:00:00
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BOJ governor determined to promptly achieve goal of raising prices by 2%

(Nikkei: February 28, 2015 – p. 5)    In his speech delivered at the Japan National Press Club on Feb. 27, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda emphasized that he is “determined to promptly achieve a 2% increase in Japan’s consumer price index (CPI) from the previous year.” He reacted strongly to the view that the plan to achieve the….Read more

  • 2015-03-02 15:00:00
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Opposition turning up heat on gov’t over farm minister

(Nikkei: February 25, 2015 – p. 4)    The fierce maneuvering between the ruling and opposition parties intensified in the Diet on Feb. 24 over scheduling deliberations on the fiscal 2015 budget in reaction to the resignation of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa on account of his political donation scandal. The largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan and….Read more

  • 2015-02-25 15:00:00
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Gist of PM Abe’s remarks on farm minister’s resignation

(Mainichi: February 24, 2015 – p. 5)    Following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence:    Q: What do you think of Agriculture Minister Koya Nishikawa’s resignation and your responsibility for appointing him?    Abe: I have accepted Minister Nishikawa’s resignation. He said that his personal issues had caused serious problems….Read more

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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Replacement of farm minister has minimal impact on TPP talks, reforms

(Yomiuri: February 24, 2015 – p. 3)    By Naotake Katori, economic reporter    Yoshimasa Hayashi, who was agriculture minister from December 2012 to September 2014, has been appointed to replace Agriculture Minister Koya Nishikawa. It is widely believed that this “minimizes” the impact on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which are now at a critical stage, and agricultural cooperative….Read more

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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New farm minister facing agricultural co-op reform, TPP, other tough issues

(Nikkei: February 24, 2014 – p. 3)    The resignation of Agriculture Minister Koya Nishikawa was an unexpected turn of events for the Abe cabinet, which is all geared up to “boldly implement agricultural cooperative reform for the first time in 60 years” during the current Diet session. The administration is facing tough issues such as deliberation on amendments to….Read more

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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Profile of Yoshimasa Hayashi, new agriculture minister

(Nikkei: February 24, 2015 – p. 4)    Yoshimasa Hayashi studied at Harvard University after working at Mitsui & Co. He entered the political world after serving as a secretary to then Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi, his father. He is well-versed in policies in a broad range of areas, from finance to security. He was called the “prince of the….Read more

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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JA-Zenchu’s reform is only first step toward strengthening Japan’s agriculture

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 10, 2015 – p. 2)    A settlement has been reached on the reform of agricultural cooperatives, which the government of Prime Minister Abe identifies as a symbol of breaking through Japan’s rock-solid regulations. Japan’s Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives, known as JA-Zenchu, has accepted the government’s proposal on removing its authority over local entities.    JA-Zenchu’s….Read more

  • 2015-02-10 15:00:00
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Why has Japan’s dairy farming declined?

(Tokyo Shimbun – Sunday Supplement: February 8, 2015 – p. 8)    By Shinichi Kobayashi, professor at College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University    Japan’s dairy farming took off in the Meiji period. After that the industry expanded rapidly driven by people’s rising incomes and the westernization of Japanese diets.    In fiscal 1989, Japan produced some 8 million tons….Read more

  • 2015-02-10 15:00:00
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