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LDP forms Working Group to protect trade names of Japanese tea brands overseas

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Lawmakers of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) formed a new working group under the team of Diet members who gathered to support the tea industry in Japan, the Parliamentary League on Tea Industry Promotion of LDP (Chairman: Hiroshi Moriyama). The move comes as some tea producers overseas are registering their products falsely using the names of Japanese tea producing region or selling fake products, while impeding Japan’s efforts to sell more tea products overseas. The new working group will study ways to eliminate such problems. At the first meeting held on November 15, 2019, there was a report on the infringement of the “Uji Tea” … Continue reading

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Japan’s acreage dips 26,000 hectares in 2018 due to labor shortage

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Crop acreage in 2018 in Japan declined 26,000 hectares or 1% year-over-year to 4,048,000 hectares, according to the Farm Ministry. The use rate also dropped 0.1 points to 91.6%. The figures are declining continuously due to the aging and the retirement of farmers and labor shortage, to hit the lowest since 1955, the earliest year for which comparable data is available. The ministry’s mid-to-long-term agricultural policy, Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, says the country needs to increase the cropping acreage to 4.43 hectares by 2025. However, the gap between the plan and reality has widened. The ministry double-counted the acreage if the same … Continue reading

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Japan foresees 78.6 billion yen cut in domestic beef production due to U.S.-Japan, TPP11 trade deals

TOKYO, Oct. 30 – The Japanese government released a result of its provisional calculation of impacts of two trade agreements on agricultural, forestry and fishery products. The report on October 29 showed possible influence of the U.S.-Japan bilateral agreement and the agreement between members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S., known as TPP-11. The figure covers 33 product items whose tariff rates are over 10% and domestic production value is over 1 billion yen. The report said Japan can lose 120 to 200 billion yen in domestic production in total. The government will take measures to offset the impact on the income and production volume of Japanese farmers … Continue reading

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Interview with Ambassador of Brazil: Brazil aims to form bilateral win-win trade agreement with Japan to expand chicken export

TOKYO, Oct. 20 – Brazil intends to expand exports to Japan, using the consumption tax hike in Japan as a boost. The strengths of the largest exporter of chicken meat to Japan are affordable prices and stable supply. In an interview with the Japan Agricultural News, Eduardo Saboia. Ambassador of Brazil, explained how the country is going to deal with the challenge while other exporters, including trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) member countries, try to slash the tariff rates via trade agreements with Japan.   Focus on chicken export to Japan Brazil is already a stable source of chicken meat for Japanese consumers, according to Saboia. “Brazilian chicken accounts for 80% of … Continue reading

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[Joy of Noh no Ikebana] Tomiyo Mitsuhashi, 67, from Yuasa Town, Wakayama Prefecture: Wonderful colors of autumn

“I knew Noh no Ikebana as my husband is a citrus and rice grower and a reader of the Japan Agricultural News. I always wanted to do it myself, but it was difficult while I was a primary school teacher. So, I enjoyed looking at clippings from the newspaper. When I retired, I started to help my husband and decided to make a new challenge. One day, I sent a photo of my arrangement to the Japan Agricultural News for the first time, and it was on the paper. I was so happy that I still enjoy sending photos of my arrangements. A good thing about Japan is that we … Continue reading

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