Category Archives: Farm Policy

Japan’s hen egg exports up in 1st half of 2019, demand for hot-spring eggs growing

TOKYO, Aug. 20 – Japan’s export of hen eggs is now strong. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan’s export of shell chicken eggs in the first six months of 2019 amounted approximately 1 billion yen. It’s 60% higher than the same period last year, which was the highest in the past 30 years. In Hong Kong, the primary market for eggs from Japan, both the sales of raw eggs for supermarkets and the demand for onsen tamago (hot-spring eggs) are growing. Onsen tamago is a half-boiled egg with soft and creamy yoke and half-done white. It’s become popular among consumers outside Japan as it is … Continue reading

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Number of young new farmers in Japan dips below 20,000 in 2018, fight over new workers with other industries gets severer

TOKYO, Aug. 10 – The number of young beginning farmers under the age of 49 was 19,290 in 2018, down 7% from the previous year. It fell below 20,000 for the first time in five years, according to a survey released by the Ministry of Agriculture on August 9. The drop in the figure is partly attributable to the decreased in the number of new employed farmers due to an increasingly severer competition for new workers with other industries. Meanwhile, the total number of new farmers amounted to 55,810 and exceeded 50,000 for two consecutive years. The numbers of beginning farmers in 2015 and 2016, however, were at the 60,000 … Continue reading

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Farm Ministry launches project to gain more Japanese food followers by offering great local experience that also features food

TOKYO, Jul. 24 – Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) has launched a new project to boost the number of Japanese food lovers worldwide and expand Japan’s export of agricultural and food products. It aims at providing international travelers with unique experiences that focus on the coupling between Japanese food and culture or health-conscious local attractions while creating an environment for them to continue to enjoy Japanese food back home. MAFF will gather successful cases and develop models for nationwide introduction. The initiative is called “Shoku Kakeru Project.” Literary, it means crossing (kake-awaseru) food (shoku) and other sectors and encouraging Japanese food fans crisscross (kake-meguru) the country. According … Continue reading

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Agriculture management entities dips below 1.2 million, large-scale farmers’ acreage also decreasing

TOKYO, July. 29 – The number of agriculture management entities in Japan has gone below 1.2 million, the lowest in the past ten years, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. The number of family management entities, which account for more than 90%, dipped 2.7% to 1,152,800. These figures underline a weakening production base in Japan due to a severe labor shortage and an aging population. The acreage of large-scale agriculture management entities has also started to decline. The decrease in the number of the entities who had been covering the loss of small-scale family-run entities is making it difficult for Japan to … Continue reading

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Young ruling bloc candidates close to farm industry suffer defeat in Upper House election

TOKYO, July 24 – While the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito won a majority in the Upper House election, many younger candidates with close ties to the agricultural industry were defeated. Meanwhile, veteran candidates of the ruling parties well-acquainted with farm policies fared well in the proportional representation segment. Few candidates of the opposition parties focused on agricultural policies in their campaigns. LDP’s Yoshimasa Hayashi, former agriculture minister, won his fifth term. Touching on the issue of depopulation in regional areas, Hayashi said: “We have to work on strengthening not only the agriculture sector, but also other industries.” Ryosuke Kozuki of LDP, a senior member of … Continue reading

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