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【Research】The Situation surrounding Japan’s wholesale markets of farm products focusing an issue of their public nature

June 22nd, 2018 Norinchukin Research Institute Co., Ltd. ICHINOSE Yuichiro, Senior Economist ■Abstract Wholesale markets in Japan have a history of nearly 100 years since the Central Wholesale Market Act was enacted in 1923. During this period, amendments of the Act were made several times, including a change to the Wholesale Market Act in 1971, to make the Act adjust to the existing state of the wholesale markets. These are considered as amendments of the existing state-ratification type, aiming at introducing flexibility into regulations on transaction methods and others. Contents of the latest amendment of the Wholesale Market Act, which was made in 2018, are mostly based on the “Recommendations … Continue reading

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Without US, TPP beef exporters enjoy trade deal boost in Japan

TOKYO, Feb. 8 ― Japan’s beef imports soared 60 percent in January, one month after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S., known as TPP-11, began, illustrating meat exporters enjoy the landmark trade deal in the Japanese market. According to the finance ministry, beef imports amounted to 32,885 metric tons in January, compared with 11,733 metric tons in the same month a year earlier. A sharp increase came from Canada and New Zealand. The January figure was up 55 percent from 21, 152 metric tons in the previous month, just before the TPP-11 came into effect on Dec. 30, 2018. Under the TPP-11, one immediate effect was to slash Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan’s dairy makers to raise prices in April due to rising costs

TOKYO, Feb. 6 ― Japan’s major dairy makers will raise prices for their products for the first time in four years, with effect from April 1, due to a planned increase in prices for raw milk purchased from dairy farmers, as raw milk output has continued to drop. The dairy product makers also attributed the price hikes to rising costs for packaging materials and labor. Morinaga Milk Industry Co. announced on Feb. 5 that it will introduce new prices in 45 products such as milk, yogurt and other dairy products, in which the retail prices will rise between 3 and 8.3 percent. Meiji Co. also said it will raise prices, … Continue reading

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It’s mysterious circles in Japan! Drone captures circles of trees

NICHINAN, Feb. 3 ― Thanks to drones, the Miyazaki prefectural government captures a pair of mysterious circles made of cedar trees at its forest management site. Miyazaki prefecture is well-known for Japan’s biggest output of cedar trees and the Nichinan city’s forest is populated by local Obi-sugi cedar trees. So, the mysterious cycles are in fact the results of a 45-year experimental forestry program by scientists, who planted the local cedar trees to understand the effects of forest density of tree growth, explain prefectural government officials. The circle of cedar tress has now 69 meters in diameter, and there are 12 rounds of sequence in circles.

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Japan to push Fukushima’s food safety to dispel nuke anxiety

TOKYO, Feb. 9 ― Japan’s reconstruction agency, which leads recovery from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, will kick-off a campaign to promote farm products from Fukushima prefecture. The agency said on Feb. 8 that it will start broadcasting a nation-wide TV commercial on Fukushima produce, aiming to dispel rumors about its safety in the wake of the meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s No.1 power station in the prefecture in 2011. It has also set up a new website to explain the current situation in Fukushima prefecture, including radiation and progress in reconstruction efforts. The move comes as the eighth anniversary of the March 11 disaster approaches. “There … Continue reading

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