Deer and wild boar habitat ranges in Japan double in 40 years, with fallow land providing shelters and food and hunting and catching falling behind population growth

TOKYO, Mar. 28 – According to a survey by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) of Japan, the habitat ranges of Japanese deer and wild boars expanded in 2020 to about twice the ranges identified in the initial survey in 1978. The ministry estimates the habitat of the animals based on hunting reports and interviews with prefectures. MOE takes the method of dividing the whole country into 25-square-kilometer quadrats and identifying the quadrats with the animals. The latest report said the deer were found in 11,563 quadrats and the wild boars in 9,641 quadrats. Compared to the initial survey in 1978, the deer and wild boar habitats expanded 2.7-fold and … Continue reading

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Japan’s cabinet OKs 2.3 trillion yen agriculture, forestry and fisheries budget for fiscal 2021

TOKYO, Mar. 27 – Japan’s Cabinet approved a budget for fiscal 2021 at a plenary meeting of the House of Councilors on March 26, 2021, by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling coalition. The general account budget for the next fiscal year starting in April is 106,609.7 billion yen in total, setting a record for the ninth straight year. The budget includes agriculture, forestry and fisheries spending of 2.305 trillion yen, down 5.9 billion yen from fiscal 2020. It decreased for the first time in three years. It also included a 9.9-billion-yen budget for the export of agriculture, forestry and fishery products and foods, one of the … Continue reading

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Paddy field area temperature 2 degrees lower than city area temperature: NARO and Hokkaido University

HOKKAIDO, Mar. 16 – The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and Hokkaido University have reported in numerical models that paddy fields contribute to lowering air temperature in summer. They confirmed in the simulations that, on sunny days in summer, the temperature in the area with paddy fields is lower by around 2 degrees than in the urban area and that paddy fields can help control the temperature in a broader area. The research scientifically explained one of the multiple functions of paddy fields. It also finds that this mercury control effect diminishes if carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air increases, and that will make us more susceptible to … Continue reading

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“Fruit Kingdom” Yamanashi creates promotional videos in English to win fans overseas

YAMANASHI, Mar. 13 – Yamanashi Prefecture has created a trilogy of videos in English on the prefecture’s official channel on the video-sharing site “YouTube” to present the charms of its agricultural products. It’s part of the initiative to address potential customers overseas, as delivering face-to-face messages is difficult due to the Covid 19 outbreak. The prefecture has posted the three videos, releasing the first one in mid-February. Each content is about two to three minutes long, all spoken in English. They explain that Yamanashi is called the “Fruit Kingdom” and that it participates in the “4 per mille initiative,” a global program to cut carbon dioxide emissions, for the first … Continue reading

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Japan’s agricultural cooperative organizations sign deal on business tie-up with convenience store chain FamilyMart

TOKYO, March 17 – The National Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations (JA ZEN-NOH), the marketing arm of Japan’s agricultural cooperative (JA) group, and Norinchukin Bank, the group’s financial arm, announced on March 16 that they have signed a business tie-up deal with Itochu Corporation and FamilyMart Co., Ltd. on sales and product development of farm produce. They will cooperate on boosting sales of homegrown agricultural products at FamilyMart convenience stores. They are also planning to make FamilyMart’s cashless payment app FamiPay usable at the JA group’s facilities including farmer’s stores. JA ZEN-NOH and Norinchukin Bank acquired FamilyMart’s stocks worth 57 billion yen — 10 billion yen by JA ZEN-NOH and … Continue reading

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