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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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【News】 Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expects coming Japan-U.S. economic dialogue to build up “win-win relationships” (March 16, 2017)

At the press conference held on March 15, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga touched upon the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue that is to start this April between Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, saying “We are most interested in constructive talks with U.S. administration so that both of the two countries can have mutual benefits by developing “win-win relationships.” The Chief Cabinet Secretary responded to remarks made on March 14 by Robert Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative-designate nominated by U.S. Trump’s administration, which suggested that the U.S. administration will demand Japan to further liberalize its market of farm products in future … Continue reading

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【News】 Agricultural Minister Yuji Yamamoto emphasizes consistency between Japanese trade policies and WTO rules (March 15, 2017)

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Yuji Yamamoto, told the press after the Cabinet meeting on March 14 that U.S. government’s latest criticism against Japanese trade policies are hardly acceptable, saying “Agricultural trade practices and farm support policies of Japan are both consistent with the Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO).” Agricultural Minister Yuji Yamamoto made the comment responding to a statement presented by a U.S. representative at the latest WTO meeting that accused Japan of maintaining high import tariffs for farm products as well as heavy subsidies for agriculture. At WTO’s review meeting on the trade policies and practices of Japan held on March 9, Geneva, … Continue reading

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【News】No no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                               (5) Follow your heart and enjoy your arrangement (Mar. 3, 2017)

<”No no Ikebana” is an art of arranging agricultural products together with agricultural implements and other familiar instruments. It’s a type of Ikebana but mainly for farmers. The series “No no Ikebana” will show you how to best feature the materials and containers you choose, with the help of fans of this style of Ikebana nationwide.> No no Ikebana is something that stirs your imagination. To me, all vegetables look like cute animals, so I make penguins from egg plants and monkeys from chestnuts to include them in my arrangements. When I found Japanese radishes and carrots with two legs, I gave them headbands and put them in a row … Continue reading

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