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“Add Noh Cards to your collection!” Young Japanese farmers get over 70 together to create new buzz with new trading cards

AICHI, Oct. 16 – New series of collectible cards featuring farmers are drawing consumers’ attention in Japan. The card called “Noh Card (Farmers Card)” proposed by three young farmers is a business card-sized card with a picture of farmers and information on their proud products. Consumers can have fun collecting them like other trading cards, and that encourages them to buy more agricultural products from more than 70 farmers who currently participate in the project. One of the proposers, Hiroyasu Ogawa is a 30-year-old grape tomato grower in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture. He hopes that the initiative can bring consumers and farmers closer together and build a positive image of … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga eager to boost farm exports and revitalize regional economy

TOKYO, Oct. 27 – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made his first policy speech at the Diet on Oct. 26, expressing eagerness to revitalize rural areas and stimulate the Japanese economy by boosting tourism and agricultural reform. In order to increase income and inflow of people in regional areas, he said he will continue promoting exports of agricultural products and reforming the farm sector, the policies which he had been focusing on as chief cabinet secretary. But he failed to offer new policies regarding agriculture. In his speech given at the extraordinary Diet session which was convened on the day, Suga reiterated the fact that he was born in a farm … Continue reading

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Japan and Britain sign free trade agreement with aim to make it enter into force in January

TOKYO, Oct. 24 – Japan and Britain signed an economic partnership agreement on Oct. 23, with an aim to implement it on Jan. 1 next year following approval of the two nations’ parliaments. The bilateral agreement largely replicates the existing economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union regarding tariff cuts and reductions for farm produce, but no new import quotas will be set for Britain. British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who was visiting Tokyo, attended a signing ceremony along with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. “We want to make this agreement a foundation to further strengthen and develop the Japan-Britain relationship,” Motegi said at a joint news conference … Continue reading

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Japan’s wood self-sufficiency rate up for nine consecutive years

TOKYO, Oct. 19 – Japan’s wood self-sufficiency rate increased for nine years in a row. According to the data released by the Forestry Agency of Japan, the country’s wood self-sufficiency rate rose 1.2 percentage points from the previous year to 37.8% in 2019. The rate improved 11.5 points in the past nine years. The agency said the improvement is attributable to the stable supply of domestic timber from the forests created after the war and its prices, which are less fluctuant than imported wood. Wood self-sufficiency rate is a ratio of domestic timber production to the total timber demand in the country. It was 26.3% in 2010. The ratio was … Continue reading

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Number of wild boars caught in Tohoku doubles in five years

TOKYO, Oct. 15 – The number of wild boars caught in the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan has been increasing sharply as their areas of habitat expanded north. A total of 43,885 were captured in the six prefectures in Tohoku – Akita, Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata – in fiscal 2019, more than doubling in five years. While it has been considered difficult for wild boars to pass the winter in the region, the increase in the captures can be attributed to global warming and a growing population of the animal. The prefectures are on the alert, as wild boars not only cause damage to crops but also could … Continue reading

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