Author Archives: The Japan Agricultural News

JA group to tap into rising demand for agri-tourism in Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 9 ― As more Japanese people have appreciated for the benefits of a rural life, Japan’s largest farmers’ group will start offering a unique service next year, providing them with access to farms seldom visited by single travelers. Nokyo Tourist Corp., an arm of the Japan agricultural cooperatives, or JA group, will arrange farming experiences for employers who plan corporate training or fringe benefits for their employees. Nokyo Tourist Corp. will also act as a matchmaker connecting between corporate clients and agricultural communities. As such, agricultural tourism will allow farmers in rural regions to fill that void and earn valuable supplemental income while opening their farms to tourism … Continue reading

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Japan’s Hamatako offers sea salt with local edible flowers

TOYOAKE, Sept. 5 ― Edible flowers are making their way, not on top of menu items, but by blending with sea salt, into a variety of food and beverage. Hamataco Co. Ltd., an Aichi prefecture-based restaurant that makes takoyaki, or an octopus ball, has blended sea salt with locally made edible flowers. “In this way, it adds fresh floral flavors and aroma to salt,” said Masahito Hamada, Hamataco’s president in Toyoake city, which is well-known for the floral market. “I hope people will become interested in floral flavors in foods,” Hamada added.

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Young farmers have more non-fatal farming injuries in Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 6 ― Younger farmers are in the front lines when it comes to work-related injuries on farm in Japan, according to a new report by researchers. The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) examined 390 farm injury cases, complied by the agriculture ministry from last year till this May. According to the report, the injury rate of less than aged 50 was 15.5 per 100,000 farmers. That was 1.7 times higher than that of aged 70 and over (9.2 per 100,000 farmers). The study pointed out that younger farmers tend to have much higher risks of injury due to lack of experience. The NARO warned there is … Continue reading

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[Editorial] De facto Japan-U.S. FTA unacceptable (Sept. 28, 2018)

We can’t help thinking that Japan and the United States have opened talks for a de facto Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed in a meeting to launch new bilateral negotiations on trade, including tariffs on farm products, to reach what they call a Trade Agreement on Goods (TAG). The move deserves strong criticism as it largely contradicts the Japanese government’s stance denying an FTA with the U.S. The two also agreed that the U.S. would not pose additional tariffs on vehicle imports from Japan so long as both sides are engaged in market-opening discussions. It appears that the Japanese government … Continue reading

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Japan denies FTA with US, but US calls it FTA talks anyway

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 ― Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed new trade talks with the U.S. are different from a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA), when the two countries announced to enter into negotiations. “This is totally different from any comprehensive FTAs that Japan signed before,” Abe told reporters after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York on Sept. 26. Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi also stressed that the new trade talks focus on goods and do not include rules on investment and services. “Categorically, we can’t call this as a comprehensive FTA,” Motegi said. An awkward explanation … Continue reading

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