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Gachapon selling capsuled mandarin oranges, apples and umeboshi pickled plums attracting consumers in Japan

EHIME, Nov. 4 ― A mandarin orange from Ehime, an apple from Aomori, and an Umeboshi pickled Japanese plum from Wakayama. Believe it or not, all of them are sold in capsules today in vending machines in Japan. The new and unusual fresh food capsule vending machines are drawing attention all over Japan. They are called Gachapon or Gacha. They usually sell small toys in capsules, but today, there are Gacha machines that sell locally-grown fresh food, and they are doing a good job particularly with children. The targets are young consumers who are eating increasingly less fruit and grandparents who are always happy to say yes to their ground … Continue reading

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TPP-11 revive Trans-Pacific trade deal after US withdrawal

DANANG, Vietnam, Nov. 12 — Trade ministers from the remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members reached a Nov. 11 political agreement to keep the trade deal alive without the United States, despite Canada’s last-minute balking at the talks. They agreed to suspend 20 provisions of the original TPP, mostly dealing with intellectual property rights such as the data exclusivity period for biologic drugs, until the U.S. might return to the deal. The TPP has also been renamed as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with 11 members. The CPTPP countries are Japan, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Chile, Peru and Vietnam. “It is an important … Continue reading

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“Trebian!” Noh no Ikebana exhibition held at French Embassy to share great harmony between mind and agricultural culture of Japan

TOKYO, Nov. 10 – Noh no Ikebana arrangements that use rice stalks and toumi (a traditional winnowing machine) were displayed at French Embassy in Japan. The Japan Agricultural News held an exhibition and an open class of Noh no Ikebana at the embassy in Minato ward, Tokyo, as one of the events to commemorate its 90th anniversary. A group of 20 members of the Noh no Ikebana Club in Tokyo exhibited their arrangements. One of the visitors to the exhibition said, “This is so impressive! I’m so much moved by the great harmony between the mind of Japan and its agricultural culture.” The open class was joined by ten embassy … Continue reading

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Farmers in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, ship world’s first GM silkworm cocoons

Sericulture farmers feeding mulberry leaves to GM silk worms (in Maebashi city, Nagano Prefecture, photo by Gunma Sericultural Technology Center) MAEBASHI, Nov. 2 — On November 1, 2017, sericulture farmers in Maebashi city, Gunma Prefecture, shipped cocoons of genetically engineered (GM) silkworms that produce green fluorescent silk yarns for the first time in the world. On November 13, the cocoons will be sent to Miyasaka Silk Reeling Company in Okaya city, Nagano Prefecture. Then all the silk yarn produced by the mill will be sold to a Kyoto-based textile company, Hosoo Co., Ltd. which is planning to use them to make original interior products. The silk yarns glow green under … Continue reading

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National Food Loss Reduction Conference held in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, on the day of food loss reduction

NAGANO, Oct. 30 – Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, held the 1st All Japan Food Loss Reduction Conference on October 30, 2017. At the conference, the city introduced one of its key efforts called “30-10 (sanmaru-ichimaru) Movement,” and run a panel discussion of restaurant and retail store owners and consumers to confirm the shared commitment to expanding the food loss reduction movement across the country. The participants also endorsed the decision to name October 30 “food loss reduction day” in Japan. The country, which depends on imports for about 60 percent of its food, discards 6.21 million tons of edible food every year. The purpose of the meeting was to build … Continue reading

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