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Exports of Fukushima farm products on recovery, overcoming radiation rumors

  Fukushima, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)–Exports of farm products from Fukushima Prefecture have been on a recovery path, overcoming reputational damage after the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture in 2011.   The exports hit a record high in terms of volume for the third….Read more

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:03 p.m.
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Japan sours as premium grape widely copied in China, South Korea

DAISHI CHIBA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — High-end grape variety “Shine Muscat” is a bona fide Japanese brand, certified by the nation’s agricultural ministry.   Sweet and fragrant, the grapes can fetch $60 or more per branch at groceries. But this prized breed has been widely copied by farmers in South Korea and China, who now beat Japanese counterparts in production volume.  ….Read more

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Chinese companies rush to buy up cotton stockpiles, stirring concerns of illegal exporting

By Horio Munemasa and Funaki Ayaka   Chinese cotton manufacturers are rushing to participate in bids to buy the Chinese government’s cotton stockpiles. Because the U.S. and European countries are increasingly avoiding cotton from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is suspected of being produced by forced labor, this year’s bidding was expected to be slow. Demand [for cotton] seems….Read more

  • August 11, 2021
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Exclusive: Japan’s rice acreage to decrease in 2021

  Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)–The acreage of rice to be grown for consumption as a staple food in Japan in 2021 is estimated to fall by some 65,000 hectares from the previous year to slightly over 1.3 million hectares, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.   The estimated drop is attributable to the agriculture ministry’s program for encouraging….Read more

  • July 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:34 p.m.
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Chinese expert criticized by local netizens for favorable comment on Fukushima food

Yomiuri wrote from Hong Kong that a Chinese expert on soil science stated during a speech at an academic forum in Guangzhou on April 27 that vegetables and meat from Fukushima have been confirmed safe through radiation testing following decontamination efforts by Japan. However, the Guangzhou branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the organizer of the event, removed the….Read more

  • July 9, 2021
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MAFF to create 3 new bureaus to support expansion of agricultural exports

On July 1, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will undergo a reorganization. Three new bureaus, including the “Export and International Affairs Bureau,” will be created to integrate operations to boost exports of Japan’s agricultural and fisheries products and foods. This will be the first bureau-level reorganization at MAFF in six years, since 2015. MAFF aims to strengthen….Read more

  • June 29, 2021
  • , Mainichi , p. 8
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Wholesale prices for U.S. beef remain high in Japan

NHK reported this morning that wholesale prices for U.S. beef remain high in Japan, saying that as restaurants are beginning to resume full-scale operations after the lifting of the state of emergency, there are concerns about a further increase in U.S. beef prices. The network said U.S. beef prices have risen due to increasing demand in the U.S. market following….Read more

  • June 23, 2021
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Editorial: Supporting organic farming will aid decarbonization of agriculture industry

Efforts by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry are also an integral part of promoting decarbonization, which does not emit greenhouse gases. It is hoped that these efforts will lead to a stable supply of food and industrial vitalization.   The ministry has drawn up a medium- to long-term strategy that aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to zero….Read more

  • June 11, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 11:33 a.m.
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Feature: Japanese rice dealers turn to China amid domestic consumption drop

TOKYO – The Japan Agricultural Cooperatives group and wholesalers are stepping up efforts to export rice to the world’s largest rice-consuming nation China as the domestic market shrinks.   Those dealers are tying up with Chinese companies and promoting high-priced, high-quality rice on the back of the Japanese food boom in China, although concerns remain over the impact of deteriorating….Read more

  • June 6, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 12:00 p.m.
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