Category Archives: Farm Policy

Japan may propose to slash farm market access in TPP-11 talks

TOKYO, Aug. 16 — Japan was likely to put at least two agricultural proposals on the table when 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were to meet in Australia on Aug. 28-30. The first is an indefinite scheme that scales back agricultural market access, and the second a change in the special safeguard (SSG) for beef imports, until the United States returns to the TPP, informed sources have said. The TPP deal was reached in October 2015 when 12 countries, including the U.S., resolved outstanding issues such as agricultural market access. But the administration of President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP within a day of … Continue reading

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Strong sales of Japanese rice grains, beef, and tea leaves push Japan’s export of agricultural, forest and fishery products up 4.5% in 2017 1st half

TOKYO, Aug. 11 — According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF), Japan’s export of agricultural, forest and fishery products and food during the first half of the year 2017, from January to June, was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis to 378.6 billion yen. Export of rice grains, beef, and tea leaves was especially strong because of the popularity of Japanese food outside the country. Agricultural products including processed food in the six-month period totaled 228.4 billion yen, up 2% from the same term last year. Rice export jumped 27% to 1.5 billion yen (5,600 tons). This includes brown rice export that Japan has been … Continue reading

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Economic revitalization minister says revisions to the TPP agreement would be minimal

TOKYO, Aug. 10 – Toshimitsu Motegi, economic revitalization minister in charge of measures related to trade agreements, said in a group interview on Aug. 9 with The Japan Agricultural News and other media outlets that revisions to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which the United States has withdrawn from, will be kept to “the minimum necessary.” Regarding the economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union, Motegi said the government will take all the necessary measures to promote expansion of Japan’s agricultural exports and maintain domestic production of important farm products – namely rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products and sugar. Q. By when do you want the 11 TPP … Continue reading

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Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate drops after six years in 2016

TOKYO, Aug. 10 — Japan’s food self-sufficiency dropped for the first time in six years to the second lowest level, due to steadily declining consumption of rice, the country’s stable food, as well as poor harvest in northern Japan after heavy rains. The calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency in 2016 fell to 37.58 percent, the agriculture ministry said Aug. 09. The country’s lowest figure was 37 percent in 1993, after the unusually cold and rainy summer had damaged the rice crop, and forced Tokyo to make a move often considered taboo – importing foreign rice – at that time. The food self-sufficiency rate shows how much a country can satisfy … Continue reading

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【Analysis】The truth about Japan’s falling food self-sufficiency (Aug. 10)

Japan’s food self-sufficiency in calorie terms dropped for the first time in six years due in part to agricultural output dipping significantly after unfavorable weather conditions. This is, however, not the whole story. The Japanese government has sought to open its agricultural market for growth, yet it has remained negligent when it comes to food security. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has, since the beginning of 2013, sought trade liberalization via a series of free trade agreements: Japan-Australia economic partnership agreement (EPA); the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); and most recently the Japan-EU EPA. Those agreements were reached on increased market access for foreign farm products in Japan, in exchange … Continue reading

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