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Japan farm minister reaffirms not go beyond TPP limit on rice

TOKYO, Dec. 6 ― Japan’s Agriculture Minister Takamori Yoshikawa reaffirmed that his government will not go beyond the already historic concessions Tokyo had offered to Washington in the Trade-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at upcoming bilateral talks with the U.S. Testifying before the lower house of agriculture committee on Dec. 5, Yoshikawa told fellow parliamentarians: “Go beyond the TPP concessions is just unimaginable.” Japan and the U.S. is expected to kick off negotiations for a trade agreement on goods (TAG) as early as January 2019, and the U.S. President Donald Trump recently expressed a willingness to get “a substantially better TPP” deal. The U.S. rice industry, the largest rice exporter to Japan … Continue reading

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Japanese government says no review for TPP’s beef safeguard

TOKYO, Dec. 1 ― The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S., known as TPP-11, is set to come into force on Dec. 30, and the Japanese government still insists that it will not review trade remedies even the U.S. return to the trade deal is unlikely to happen. After the U.S. withdrawal, 11 remaining members decided the best way to deal with the concerns was to put the controversial provisions on ice until the U.S. was to return. As a result, the TPP-11 has no changes from the original TPP for any of the current member commitments in areas like market access for agriculture products or trade remedies. But at … Continue reading

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Japan’s 2022 Wagyu Olympics to be held on October 6-10

KAGOSHIMA, Dec. 5 ― The 12th Japanese Wagyu Branded Beef Competition, dubbed as the “Wagyu Olympics,” will be held on Oct. 6-10, 2022 in Kagoshima prefecture. The Kyoto-based Wagyu Registry Association, which promotes and upholds the standards for Wagyu beef in Japan, has approved the dates. The Japanese Wagyu Branded Beef Competition, which takes place every five years, seeks to promote excellence in wagyu beef production, providing an opportunity for producers to benchmark their product.

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Japan and Uruguay agree to export beef each other

TOKYO, Dec. 1 ― Japan and Uruguay, the world’s No. 7 beef exporter, have agreed to lift bans each other’s beef imports, which could boost competition in Japan’s lucrative beef market. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef is now allowed to enter Uruguay without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said on Nov. 30. Japan banned beef imports from Uruguay in 2000 due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Since then, Uruguay used massive vaccination. In 2003, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared Uruguay as free of FMD with vaccination, opening new export prospects for the South American country. Still, Japan was the only major importing … Continue reading

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Japan to draw initiative to digitally transform agriculture sector

TOKYO, Nov. 28 ― The Japanese government is set to draw a smart farm program by next summer to develop and adapt digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), into the agricultural sector. The Shinzo Abe administration had a meeting on digital transformation in agriculture on Nov. 27. “To take the agriculture sector to new heights, it’s inevitable to realize smart farm with AI and IoT,” Japanese Agriculture Minister Takamori Yoshikawa said at the meeting. As technology develops, it will change the entire agriculture businesses and require growers to acquire new skills and a better understanding of the technologies. There will be three elements to … Continue reading

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