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Japan ratifies U.K. trade deal to take effect from January

TOKYO, Dec. 5 – The Upper House of Japan’s parliament ratified the Japan-U.K. trade agreement on Dec. 4, paving the way for the deal to take effect on Jan. 1 if it is ratified in Britain smoothly. The bilateral economic partnership agreement “will pose no additional impact on our nation’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry,” agriculture minister Kotaro Nogami said during Diet deliberations. Tariff cuts and reductions on British farm produce are kept at the same level as under the deal between Japan and the European Union, but no new import quotas will be set for Britain. For 10 items, including soft cheeses such as blue cheese, Britain will be … Continue reading

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Japan to hold quinquennial wagyu competition in Hokkaido for first time in 2027

HOKKAIDO, Nov. 26 – Japan’s Wagyu Registry Association has chosen Hokkaido as a host prefecture for the final stage of the 13th National Competitive Exhibition of Wagyu in 2027. The quinquennial all-Japan wagyu Japanese beef cattle show, commonly known as Wagyu Zenkyo, is held to confirm how the quality of wagyu is improved nationwide. The largest agricultural and livestock product fair in Japan will be held in Hokkaido for the first time. Hokkaido is a thriving producer of wagyu cattle and calves. In the fiscal year 2019, the northernmost prefecture of Japan ranked second in wagyu calve production. The prefecture expects that hosting the 2027 Wagyu Zenkyo will boost its … Continue reading

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Japan’s agricultural population drops 400,000 to 1.36 million in 2020, posting record high fall

TOKYO, Nov. 28 – The number of people in Japan whose main occupation is farming totaled 1.361 million as of Feb. 1, declining 396,000, or 22.5 percent, from five years ago, according to the 2020 Census of Agriculture and Forestry released on Nov. 27. The rate of drop was the biggest since 2005 when comparable data became available, largely reflecting the aging of the farming population. Meanwhile, the cultivated acreage per farm topped 3 hectares for the first time, indicating growth in farm size. The number of people mainly engaging in agriculture have been decreasing constantly, with the pace of decline accelerating. The agriculture ministry attributes the decline to the … Continue reading

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Grow rice well and win the game Shinmei supports RPG development

TOKYO, Nov. 12 – You are to select good rice seeds, plant them, get rid of weeds, and harvest them – all very skillfully in this brand-new action/simulation game. A Japanese game maker, Marvelous Inc., will release an all-new authentic rice-growing simulation game on November 12, 2020. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (“Tensui no Sakuna Hime” in Japanese) is an action role-playing game that delivers the story of Princess Sakuna, a harvest goddess exiled to the Isle of Demons (“Hinoe Island” in Japanese) to expunge the beasts controlling the island. Princess Sakuna gets stronger by eating high-quality rice grown by herself. So how to produce high-quality rice is the key … Continue reading

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15 nations sign RCEP, first trade pact between Japan and China, South Korea

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including Japan, China, South Korea and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held an online summit meeting on Nov. 15, concluding negotiations and signing the Regional Economic Partnership trade deal. Japan will maintain its current tariffs on five agricultural products it regards as domestically important – rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products and sugar – as well as chicken and poultry products. The government sees the latest pact would not have any particular impact on the domestic agricultural sector, since less items would be subject to tariff elimination compared to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. RCEP is an … Continue reading

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