Category Archives: Farm Policy

Japan’s farm group chairman raises concern on US trade talks

TOKYO, Sept. 7 ― Japan’s largest farmers’ group chairman, Toru Nakaya, has told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the country’s farmers are concerned if Tokyo would accept the U.S. demands under a new framework on bilateral trade issues. The meeting took place at the prime minister’s office on Sept. 6, one day before the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership race campaign officially began. Abe has made his bid for a third term as the LDP president and thus retain his position as the prime minister. “During our meeting, the prime minister assumed me that he would not accept any terms with the U.S. that go beyond the TPP,” said … Continue reading

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Japan’s ruling LDP presses gov’t not bend to US pressure

TOKYO, Aug. 31 ― Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pressed the government’s top official to stick to the national interests, as Tokyo is set to hold its second ministerial meeting with the U.S. under a new framework to discuss “free, fair and reciprocal (FFR)” trade. The LDP’s internal trade task force, which deals with the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), held a meeting on Aug. 30. During the meeting, the LDP lawmakers reminded Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi that the upcoming ministerial talks with the U.S. should not become the preliminary talks on launching an official free trade negotiation between the two. “We head … Continue reading

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Japan asks China to lift food import bans on nuclear disaster

TOKYO, Aug. 31 ― Japanese and Chinese agriculture ministries have held a senior official meeting to discuss over farm issues, ranging from China’s import bans on Japanese farm products and recent outbreaks of deadly African swine fever in China. The high-level meeting took place on Aug. 30, the first time in two years and half. Such meetings have been disrupted by territorial disputes between the two countries. During the meeting, Japanese officials asked Chinese counterparts to lift import restrictions on foods from Japan, which have been placed in after the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, informed sources said. In the wake of the disaster, China has imposed bans … Continue reading

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Japan’s farm ministry to request 2.7 tln yen for FY 2019 budget

TOKYO, Aug. 24 ― Japan’s agriculture ministry has finalized its request budges on agriculture for fiscal 2019, highlighting a big boost in farm land improvement at 530.5 billion yen. The chairman of the National Federation of Land improvement Association is Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The budget request also includes 5 billion yen in the development of AI, or technologies which perform tasks that are characteristic of human intelligence in the sector. The request on agriculture-related budgets for the fiscal year starting from April 2019 totals 2.727 trillion yen. That was up by 74.4 billion yen from its budget request for fiscal … Continue reading

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Japan’s first case of swine fever in 26 years confirmed in Gifu

GIFU, Sept. 11 – The Gifu Prefectural Government announced on Sept. 9 that it has confirmed the nation’s first case of swine fever in 26 years at a farm in the city of Gifu. The culling and burying of 610 hogs at the farm were completed in the early morning of Sept. 10, and the place was decontaminated and disinfected by Sept. 11, the government said. It is yet unknown how the outbreak of the disease, also known as hog cholera, started. It differs from African swine fever which has been reported recently in China. Both diseases cannot infect humans and people are not affected even if meat from an … Continue reading

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