Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

【News】Livestock industry stabilization act revised to increase recipients of compensatory subsidies (June 10, 2017)

A bill for the Livestock Industry Management Stabilization Revised Act, including a new system to provide compensatory subsidies to producers of law milk for manufacturing uses, was passed in a plenary session of the House of Councilors on June 9 by a majority vote with support from the ruling bloc led by the Liberal Democratic Party. The Revised Livestock Stabilization Act, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarded as “the first drastic reform of Japanese dairy farming policy in 50 years,” is to be enforced on April 1, 2018. Under the new compensatory subsidy system, so-called outsider dairy farmers, who have not shipped their fresh milk to designated organizations of dairy … Continue reading

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【News】Agricultural Ministry to hold the first workshop for host farmers of “farm stay tour” this autumn (June 11, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) plans to start a new program of holding a practical workshop this autumn for the purpose of developing human resources of host farmers for promoting “Noh-Haku” or “farm stay tours” at rural areas in Japan. Farmers and other rural residents with interests in beginning a “farm stay tour business” at their respective houses will be invited to participate in the workshop. The participants in the MAFF special workshop are required to stay at a “developed area” of the farm stay tourism about one month, which has been successful in attracting a number of tourists to its rural community. A dozen of participants … Continue reading

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【News】Ruling party’s Headquarters to work out basic policy for Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (June 10, 2017)

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held the first meeting of a headquarters named “Headquarters for Japan EU Economic Partnership Agreement” on June 9, which has been newly set up to cope with ongoing negotiations between Japan and the European Union, while the Japanese government is aiming at a broad agreement with EU in early July. The Headquarters plans to establish LDP’s policy on measures to be taken for possible results of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks with EU. The LDP’s policy, including countermeasures against negative impacts on domestic agriculture, is to be proposed to the government by the end of June. Within the Headquarters, five groups of LDP’ … Continue reading

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【News】Ohaganishi-no-Tanada rice terrace dyed to colors of sunset (in Misaki Town, Okayama Prefecture) (Jun 11, 2017)

Ohaganishi-no-Tanada in Misaki Town, Okayama Prefecture, is one of the four rice terraces in Okayama Prefecture that were selected for inclusion in the top 100 most beautiful tanada (rice terraces) in Japan. The terraced rice field is now offering a wonderful view with water filled up to prepare for a new crop and reflections of the sun on the water that constantly change as time passes. Ohaganishi-no-Tanada is the mortar-shaped rice field in the mountain area with approximately 850 pieces in 85 meters. The edges of the rice terraces are as beautiful as contour lines, and when the sun is setting, the water shines, reflecting colors of the sunset. A … Continue reading

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【News】Japanese Tofu industry to give clear-cut definition to Tofu items classified with soybean content (June 5, 2017)

The Japanese Tofu industry has begun to implement a campaign for establishing an accurate definition of Tofu items. The campaign has been led by the Regulation Drafting Committee on Tofu Fair Competition set up by a national organization of Tofu manufacturers in Japan. According to drafted definition on Tofu, items with the concentration of “solid soybean” more than 10 percent are to be classified into “Tofu,” while ones with 8-10 percent and ones with 6-8 percent are to be defined respectively as “prepared Tofu” and “processed Tofu.” These definitions will be authorized and announced at the end of March in 2019 after they are examined by the Japan Fair Trade … Continue reading

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