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[News] Japan’s farm minister Yamamoto taking cautious attitude to “eleven-nation TPP” (April 22, 2017)

Yuji Yamamoto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan, told the press after the cabinet meeting on April 21 that he will take a cautious attitude toward a proposal on effectuation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact without the United States, which his government is aiming toward, saying “As far as I am concerned, I would like to consider this issue deliberately.” Shinzo Abe’s administration had been negative about looking to implementation of so-called “an 11-nation TPP” without the U.S., but recently changed its position because the U.S. government is unlikely to return to the TPP. MAFF’s Minister Yamamoto also pointed out that the U.S. and … Continue reading

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[News] Japan’s Parliamentary group drafting Diet resolution supporting cross-sectoral cooperative legislation (April 21, 2017)

The cross-party Parliamentary Association for Cooperative Development Researches resumed its activities by holding its general assembly on April 20 for the first time in five years since 2012. Cooperative organizations, particularly those of agricultural cooperatives have been under pressure to reform their business systems and the like, meanwhile people living at local areas including depopulated communities are raising their expectation that cooperatives will play a major role for them in various ways. Under such conditions, the Parliamentary Association of Diet members aims at promoting legislation supporting the whole of cooperative movements in the country, instead of sector-wise cooperative laws. For the time being, the Association plans to address immediate challenges … Continue reading

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[News] Japanese and U.S. governments agree on key agendas for bilateral economic dialogue at its first round (April 19, 2017)

The first round of Japan-U.S. economic dialogue between Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was held at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 18. When the number two men of Japanese and U.S. governments kicked off the economic dialogue, they did not exchange views in details on key trade issues including automobiles and farm products. In the joint press release published shortly after the meeting, however, the two governments confirmed that they will discuss on a subject of “a bilateral framework for setting high trade and investment standards.” At the press conference held after the meeting, furthermore, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence … Continue reading

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[News] Japan’s green tea export boosted by 22 percent in first two months 2017: Health-oriented Europeans consume highest-quality teas (April 17, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) revealed its latest report on exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in the first two months of 2017. Among those products, exports of Japanese green teas reached to the largest value of 2 billion yen, 22 percent up over the same period in the previous year. Although the exports of the green teas during this period declined in quantity by nearly 10 percent, expensive items of Japanese teas such as powdered green tea and “gyokuro (highest-quality green tea)” have been gaining popularity particularly among European consumers. Sales of green teas in the European market have played a leading role in boosting … Continue reading

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【News】Norinchukin, Nokyo Tourist to send rural trip videos overseas to spur inbound tourism (Apr. 22, 2017)

The Central Cooperative Bank for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (the Norinchukin Bank), Nokyo Tourist Corporation and two non-agricultural companies have launched a joint program to bring more inbound travelers to rural areas in Japan. The plan says some overseas travelers are offered monitor tours in rural areas in Japan to be filmed in short videos that show how they enjoyed the trips in Japan. The video clips are then provided to approximately 100 tour companies mainly in Asia to help them include those areas as new destinations in their Japan tours. The first video footage will cover the tour in Hiroshima and Ehime Prefectures of nine female travelers from Taiwan … Continue reading

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