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【News】 World’ first black tea ingredients analyzer developed by Japanese company Kawasaki Kiko (March 19, 2017)

Kawasaki Kiko Co., Ltd., based at Kakegawa city, Shizuoka prefecture, begins to sell a new product of a black tea ingredients quick analyzer names “GTN-B” early April. Green tea ingredients quick analyzers manufactured by Kawasaki Kiko and other companies are available in the market. A representative of the Kawasaki Kiko company told the press that the black tea ingredients instantaneous analyzers have not been available in the market, saying “We are very proud of developing the analyzer for the first time in the world.” Shizuoka Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and Shizuoka Seiki, Co., Ltd. also jointed the successful development of this new black tea ingredients analyzer. Kawasaki Kiko’s … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s Agricultural Minister currently expecting no talks on farm trade issues at coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue (March 18, 2017)

Yuji Yamamoto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, told the press about his prospect for the coming Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue after the Cabinet meeting held on March 17, saying “My interpretation is that issues of agriculture, forestry and fisheries will not be put on a table from a beginning of the bilateral dialogue.” Agricultural Minister Yamamoto clarified his understanding that agriculture has not been currently included in the agenda of the economic dialogue, although some officials of the U.S. administration are increasingly demanding Japan to further liberalize its farm market. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Japan this April to kick off the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue … Continue reading

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【News】Big colorful balloons lift off in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture (Mar. 5, 2017)

A couple of dozens of big colorful balloons flew high up in the air over the snow-covered rice fileds in the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture. This year’s Ojiya Balloon Festival, the 41st one in its long history, was held on February 25 and 26, 2017, in Ojiya city, Niigata Prefecture. Visitors to the annual winter festival were invited to have a brief ride on a balloon offered by a local agricultural cooperative and to enjoy watching the skills of balloon operators competing in an amateur hot air balloon competition over the snowfield called “the Sea of Japan Cross Country Championship”. The venue for the winter hot air balloon race … Continue reading

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【News】 JA ZENCHU promoting people’s understanding on cooperatives through Google, Yahoo and YouTube (March 14, 2017)

JA ZENCHU (Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives), an apex organization of agricultural cooperatives (JAs) in Japan, launched an online publicity project with major web search engines such as Google and Yahoo as well as a video hosting site YouTube to promote better understandings of the people on self-reforms of JA’s organizations and activities of farmers’ cooperatives themselves. JA ZENCHU’s online video, named as “JA wa mirai-e-tsunagu (literally, JA is leading to your future.)” is highlighted by an animation story drawn with a single stroke, telling net viewers about a sense of values created by cooperatives. The animation has an impressive story of cooperation with a special emphasis on various functions … Continue reading

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【News】Cities in Shizuoka Prefecture eager to promote green tea at home and abroad (Feb. 25, 2017)

Municipal governments in Shizuoka Prefecture, the nation’s top green tea growing region, are coming up with various ways to promote the product, including setting up a green tea-colored post box and holding tea leaf picking tours for foreign tourists. The city of Shimada in Shizuoka, which launched a project in November 2015 to promote green tea as the city’s main specialty brand, recently set up a green post box in front of the municipal government building. The government repainted the red post box green after making a request to Japan Post Holdings Co. and obtaining permission. An open space near JR Shimada Station’s north exit was lit up green as … Continue reading

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