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Japan’s Kindai University to offer IPR program on agriculture

TOKYO, April. 1 — Japan’s Kindai University is to offer an agribusiness program on intellectual property rights related to food products at its agriculture faculty from September. The program is a first attempt by the agriculture ministry to collaborate with a university on this subject. The ministry hopes investing in education on IPRs may help prepare a new generation to lead Japan’s agriculture industry. The move comes at a time when theft of Japanese agriculture breeds is hurting the nation’s exports. In 2015, Japan set up its GI system to guarantee the protected status of food products, helping farmers to differentiate their products from competing products in the market. Moreover, … Continue reading

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Japan distributes wagyu beef guidebooks for overseas visitors

TOKYO, March 29 — The Japan Livestock Products Export Promotion Council (J-LEC) has stepped up efforts to expand exports of Japanese wagyu beef as the meat is gaining global popularity. The group has published guidebooks on Japanese wagyu beef in English, and Cantonese as well as Japanese. The guidebooks were set to distribute to hotels across the country from April. The guidebooks include some recipes that use Japanese wagyu beef, “so that overseas visitors can enjoy the rich taste and fine texture of wagyu beef when they return home,” said a J-LEC official. The group has also produced promotional videos on Japanese wagyu beef to be aired for passengers on … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers develop new packaging for table grapes

TOKYO, March 19 — Japanese researchers have developed a new packaging box for table grapes, designed to protect the fruit so it arrives fresh and in good conditions to customers. Table grapes can easily be physically damaged, and poor handling can result in bunch shattering. So, packaging is key to minimizing transportation losses and extending the post-harvest life of fresh grapes. Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) has unveiled the new box that contains layers of cushioning sheets with two big holes. The holes allow different sizes of grapes to be placed in a way to resist the impact of rough handling during transit. Conventional packages place cushion … Continue reading

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More Japanese consumers care about low prices than health

TOKYO, March 18 — Japan has always been perceived as one of the world’s healthiest societies, as Japanese consumers are health conscious. But a recent survey suggests otherwise: more Japanese consumers are interested in economizing and willing to pay for convenience. The Japan Finance Corporation (JFC) conducted a survey in January with 2,000 individuals, aged between 20s and 70s. It posed questions what they think important on food. The survey found that the top reason for spending on food was still health, accounting for 42.9 percent, yet down 1.7 points from the previous survey in July 2017. On the other hand, 35.1 percent of the respondents care about lower-priced products, … Continue reading

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Tokyo Seika to set up export-specialized unit to bolster fruit and vegetable export to 5 bln yen in FY2021

TOKYO, March 25 – Japan’s largest vegetable and fruit wholesaler is bolstering apple, strawberry, peach, and sweet potato export in 2018. The Tokyo-based wholesaler market, Tokyo Seika Co., Ltd., takes advantage of its capacity to source agricultural products stably from agricultural cooperatives (JAs) of all over Japan to stimulate the demand for Japanese products overseas. The wholesaler is going to set up a new unit in April to focus on business talks with producers, middle traders and trading companies and the supply of information to producers. As of April 1, 2018, Tokyo Seika will carry out organizational reform and establish “Export Office,” a new unit specialized in the export of … Continue reading

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