Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

【News】 World’ first black tea ingredients analyzer developed by Japanese company Kawasaki Kiko (March 19, 2017)

Kawasaki Kiko Co., Ltd., based at Kakegawa city, Shizuoka prefecture, begins to sell a new product of a black tea ingredients quick analyzer names “GTN-B” early April. Green tea ingredients quick analyzers manufactured by Kawasaki Kiko and other companies are available in the market. A representative of the Kawasaki Kiko company told the press that the black tea ingredients instantaneous analyzers have not been available in the market, saying “We are very proud of developing the analyzer for the first time in the world.” Shizuoka Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and Shizuoka Seiki, Co., Ltd. also jointed the successful development of this new black tea ingredients analyzer. Kawasaki Kiko’s … Continue reading

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【News】Cities in Shizuoka Prefecture eager to promote green tea at home and abroad (Feb. 25, 2017)

Municipal governments in Shizuoka Prefecture, the nation’s top green tea growing region, are coming up with various ways to promote the product, including setting up a green tea-colored post box and holding tea leaf picking tours for foreign tourists. The city of Shimada in Shizuoka, which launched a project in November 2015 to promote green tea as the city’s main specialty brand, recently set up a green post box in front of the municipal government building. The government repainted the red post box green after making a request to Japan Post Holdings Co. and obtaining permission. An open space near JR Shimada Station’s north exit was lit up green as … Continue reading

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【News】 Strong opposition emerging among Diet members of Japan’s ruling party against coming Japan-U.S. economic dialogue (March 11, 2017)

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a joint meeting of its Research Commission on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Strategy and other major farm caucuses on March 10 to discuss possible agendas for the upcoming “Japan-U.S. economic dialogue.” In a statement submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 8, Donald Trump’s U.S. administration urged Japan to liberalize its markets of farm products, accusing Japan of imposing high tariffs on imports of agricultural products as well as maintaining state-controlled farm trade. Responding to this statement, LDP’s Diet members raised oppositions one after another at the joint meeting against any kind of proposals on further opening of domestic farm markets … Continue reading

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【News】 Diet members of Japan’s ruling party to launch “Rice Production Project” this spring (March 8, 2017)

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will start a “Rice Production Project” early summer and a group of LDP Diet members learn how to carry out farm works from transplanting of rice seedlings to harvesting, Toshihiro Nikai, LDP’s Secretary-General, said at the press conference held on March 7. Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai took the leadership in initiating the Project, in which he has confidence, saying “It is no use talking about agricultural policies without knowing how to transplant rice seedlings.” In this Project, young Diet members and other members elected at constituencies mostly in the Tokyo metropolitan area will join hard works at a 10-are paddy field in Ome city, Tokyo. … Continue reading

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【News】 Most of community-based farm management entities find their business conditions tough with current low level of rice prices (March 8, 2017)

More than 80 percent of community-based farm management entities including similar organizations find their business conditions tough, saying “Rice marketing business will be barely balancing,” or “Our incomes will not be able to cover expenses,” if prices of 2016 rice crop are continuously stagnating at low level in the market, Japan Agricultural News’ latest survey on business conditions surrounding farm management entities found. The survey was conducted this February by polling 108 farm management entities in the country, out of which 61 entities had replied by the end of the month. About 70 percent of these 61 entities increased their incomes in fiscal 2016, which was realized by consecutive price … Continue reading

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