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Japan’s shell egg export to Hong Kong soaring at fastest pace for superior freshness and safety

TOKYO, Sep. 13 ― Japan’s export of shell eggs to Hong Kong is growing at the fastest pace ever in 2017, as an increasing number of consumers in Hong Kong believes that eggs from Japan are safe and fresh and it’s ok to eat them soft-boiled or near raw. This summer, egg producers in South Korea, some European countries, and Hong Kong were found to have used an insecticide banned from the use in raising chickens, and the news has been giving a boost to the Japanese egg export. Currently, Japan can export eggs produced domestically to Hong Kong and Singapore, and more than 90% of the eggs shipped overseas … Continue reading

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Use gentians for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Iwate farmers appeal to Olympics and Paralympics Game Minister

TOKYO, Sep. 9 ― Representatives of agricultural cooperatives in Iwate Prefecture including Norio Kubo, chairman of the central union of agricultural cooperatives in Iwate Prefecture (JA Iwate Prefecture Central Union) and Iwate Headquarters of National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH Iwate), met with Shunichi Suzuki, the minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, on September 8, 2017. The party presented Suzuki a bouquet and pots of fresh gentians produced by growers in Iwate Prefecture. It was part of the efforts to communicate the charm of the flowers from Iwate to the world through the exposure at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Game. Minister Suzuki … Continue reading

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New Chinese registers using Japan’s trademark raise concerns

TOKYO, Sept. 6 ― A wave of Chinese trademark registrations that use Japanese agricultural brand names has raised fresh concerns among growers here. The Chinese trademark office recently approved an application of “Skyberry” requested by a Shanghai-based online shopping company. In Japan, Skyberry is a registered trademark for a strawberry variety, which was developed by growers in Tochigi prefecture after nearly two decades of work. It has nothing to do with the Chinese internet company. The trademark registration is vital for Japanese farmers to ensure that their brand names are reserved exclusively for products from their regions to give greater protection from misuse of the names overseas. So, the Tochigi … Continue reading

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Japan’s export agency to market overseas info on website

TOKYO, Sept. 5 ― Japan’s governmental export agency says it will start disseminating information from next year on the most in-demand agriculture products in Asian markets. The objective is to help Japanese food producers and processors to develop export markets, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a trade ministry subsidiary that connects Japanese producers with overseas markets. “Farmers have got to produce what the market wants, not the other way around,” said JETRO Chairman Hiroyuki Ishige at a press conference on Sept. 4. Every year, JETRO supports Japanese producers take part in more than 50 food exhibitions and promotional events around the globe. Tapping into its own network … Continue reading

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New washoku-themed postal stamps featuring onigiri coming soon!

TOKYO, Sep. 12 ─ Japan Post Co., Ltd. (JP) is planning to release new postal stamps featuring Japanese daily rice meals such as onigiri (rice balls) and futomaki (thick sushi rolls) on October 24, 2017. The motifs represent washoku (Japanese food), which was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A total of 1.5 million stamp sheets with 10 different sticker-type 82-yen postal stamps will be available at 820 yen at post offices all over Japan as well as on JP’s online shopping site. For more information, please contact post offices.

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