Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

[News] Japan’s green tea export boosted by 22 percent in first two months 2017: Health-oriented Europeans consume highest-quality teas (April 17, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) revealed its latest report on exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in the first two months of 2017. Among those products, exports of Japanese green teas reached to the largest value of 2 billion yen, 22 percent up over the same period in the previous year. Although the exports of the green teas during this period declined in quantity by nearly 10 percent, expensive items of Japanese teas such as powdered green tea and “gyokuro (highest-quality green tea)” have been gaining popularity particularly among European consumers. Sales of green teas in the European market have played a leading role in boosting … Continue reading

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【News】Norinchukin, Nokyo Tourist to send rural trip videos overseas to spur inbound tourism (Apr. 22, 2017)

The Central Cooperative Bank for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (the Norinchukin Bank), Nokyo Tourist Corporation and two non-agricultural companies have launched a joint program to bring more inbound travelers to rural areas in Japan. The plan says some overseas travelers are offered monitor tours in rural areas in Japan to be filmed in short videos that show how they enjoyed the trips in Japan. The video clips are then provided to approximately 100 tour companies mainly in Asia to help them include those areas as new destinations in their Japan tours. The first video footage will cover the tour in Hiroshima and Ehime Prefectures of nine female travelers from Taiwan … Continue reading

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【News】Scarecrow of the future – Akita Prefectural University develops a robot to drive away wildlife from crops (April 11, 2017)

Akita Prefectural University is working on developing a robotic scarecrow to move around the fields and scare off wild animals which cause damage to crops. Takashi Saito, 47, associate professor at the university’s Department of Machine Intelligence and Systems Engineering specializing in robots, has created three eight-legged and four-legged prototype models, with an aim to complete the robot next year. Saito began developing the prototypes last year based on radio-controlled fighting robots. He said he plans to make practical models equipped with artificial intelligence, adopting moves and designs that wild animals dislike. The robots will be placed on paths running between crop fields in rural villages and make the rounds … Continue reading

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[News] Japanese government issues first guideline on fair trade of foods to put the brakes on “tofu” discount sales (April 16, 2017)

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has recently drew up guidelines to promote fair trades of “tofu (bean curd)” and fried bean curd, which are popular food items sold at supermarkets and other retail shops. MAFF plans to improve unfair trade of those products so that the manufacturers will be able to make a reasonable profit, which will possibly help to secure the income of soybean producers. Tofu does not keep for a long time. It is apt to be sold as bargain items at the retail market, where a number of problems are occurring between manufacturers and retailers frequently abusing their superior power. MAFF conducted researches on sales … Continue reading

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【News】 Watermelon producers of JA Kamimashiki pledge to rebuild agriculture commemorating first anniversary of Kumamoto quake (April 14, 2017)

Kumamoto prefecture in Japan marked one-year anniversary of massive earthquakes, including ones of 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude, on April 14, when a watermelon producers group of Kamimashiki Agricultural Cooperative (JA) held a watermelon shipment ceremony at JA’s grading center at Mashiki town in the prefecture. The ceremony was organized just prior to a peak season of shipping watermelon, which is one of the major products in the town. A number of farmers and JA’s representatives gathered to express their condolences on victims of the quakes and pledged to accelerate their efforts to revitalize agricultural production in the JA’s territory. The strong earthquakes claimed 37 lives in Mashiki town, whom the … Continue reading

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