Category Archives: Cooperatives

Shizuoka invites Thai actress with 700,000 followers; Bow Maylada finds Shizuoka attractive place to eat and travel

SHIZUOKA, Jan. 31 — A popular Thai actress, Bow Maylada, made her fourth visit in Shizuoka city, Shizuoka Prefecture. The city of Shizuoka invited her for four consecutive years as part of its promotional activities to have potential travelers from Thailand and other countries know about the attractive destinations they’ll find in Shizuoka, while Japan is becoming more and more popular among inbound tourists. Bow also visited a pilot shop run by an agricultural cooperative in Shizuoka city, JA Shimizu, and posted some pictures of what she found in the city, both local attractions and foods, on her social networking service (SNS) accounts. Bow has nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram, the … Continue reading

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Kasumi Ishikawa visits ZEN-NOH, says “I particularly enjoy eating rice overseas!”

TOKYO, Feb. 8 – Kasumi Ishikawa, a professional table tennis player and a member of the table tennis club of National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH), visited the ZEN-NOH office in Otemachi, Tokyo, on February 7 to update her activities. “I enjoy eating rice after the games overseas,” she said while speaking about what she eats before the games and while traveling overseas. Ishikawa also added that she always bring a rice cooker with her when she goes abroad to play games and that she pays attention to eating a lot of well-balanced food after the games as she loses weight from playing hard. “I’m thankful to ZEN-NOH for … Continue reading

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Japan must not compromise in trade talks with U.S.: head of Japanese farm coops

TOKYO, Feb. 8 – Toru Nakaya, chairman of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU), visited the United States in January for the first time since assigned to the post in August, and held talks with leaders of U.S. farm groups to discuss issues concerning agriculture, trade negotiations and cooperatives. In an interview with The Japan Agricultural News after the visit, Nakaya said U.S. farm groups were paying strong attention to bilateral or trilateral trade agreements, but remain uncertain about U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention behind indicating the possibility of the U.S. returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework. Q. What were your objectives of visiting the U.S.? A. Various issues exist between … Continue reading

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【Booklet】Beginning of agricultural cooperatives <prologue>(January 23, 2016)

After the defeat, food shortage attacked people After the Second World War, General Headquarters (GHQ) of Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, which occupied Japan, on December 9, 1945 (Showa 20), in order to wipe out the rural feudalism, issued “farmers release command (memorandum of agrarian reform)”. It abolished nogyokai (agricultural institution) turned into national policy institutions, and ordered the establishment of “nogyokyodokumiai (agricultural cooperatives)” for farmers by farmers of the farmers to the Japanese government. We follow the decisive actions of agrarian reform and founded process of nogyokyodokumiai (agricultural cooperatives) while watching the process of negotiation between Government of Japan and GHQ. On August 20, 1945, 5 days later … Continue reading

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【Booklet】Beginning of agricultural cooperatives <Agrarian reform ①> (January 23, 2016)

Matsumura, Minister of Agriculture, expressed determination Ministerial personnel by Prime Minister Kijūrō Shidehara ( 1872 ~ 1951 ) was focused on personnel selection of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry. Kenzo Matsumura ( 1883 ~ 1971 ), Minister of Health and Welfare of Higashikuni Cabinet, was appointed the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Matsumura was known as most familiar with agricultural policy in the political world. Matsumura was called to the cabinet formation headquarter at Prime Minister’s Office. Matsumura was told his Post and answered, “Current food problem is difficult. I would like to consult some person.” He went out about an hour. The person was Tadaharu Machida ( 1863 ~ 1946 … Continue reading

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