Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

Japan to offer information on food tourism to foreign visitors

TOKYO, Dec. 15 ― As more foreign visitors have appreciated Japanese food, the agriculture ministry will soon launch a project that provides them with information on a full range of food experiences in Japan. The idea is, by providing new experiences in rural areas and getting foreign tourists to share their images on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, to encourage repeat visits and generate new revenue in Japan. According to a survey conducted by the agriculture ministry, the top list to do for foreign visitors once they arrive in Japan was: eat Japanese food. In fact, while visiting Japan, foreign tourists spent a record 345.6 billion yen on … Continue reading

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Japan lowers 2018 rice production outlook by 1 point to 98

TOKYO, Dec. 11 ― Japan’s agriculture ministry has cut the 2018 rice production outlook by 1 point to 98, the lowest level in eight years, affected by weather conditions. Production outlook for table rice now stands at 7.32 million metric tons, down 2,000 tons from the October intended plantings and larger than a year earlier, the ministry said. The survey-based estimate of 2018 rice planted area was 1.38 million hectares, up 16,000 hectares above a year earlier. However, a drop in sunshine hours seems to have imposed a significant stress throughout some regions, including Niigata, Akita and Hokkaido prefectures, the ministry explained.

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JA ZEN-NOH unit to build new grain export terminal in Canada

TOKYO, Dec. 14 ― JA ZEN-NOH Grain Corp., a marketing subsidiary of Japan’s largest farmers’ cooperative, said its Canadian unit has agreed to set up a joint venture with Canada’s Parrish & Heimbecker to build a new export terminal at the port of Vancouver. The terminal will provide 4 million metric tons of annual handling capacity, said Japan’s National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (JA ZEN-NOH) on Dec. 12. The move comes as Canadian grain exports to China continues to grow and the JA ZEN-NOH, the marketing arm of JA group, needed to secure a stable supply of grains for animal feeds to Japan. Construction on the new terminal has … Continue reading

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More foreign tourists heading to Japan’s rural villages

MIYAZAKI, Jan. 1 – Foreign tourists visiting rural areas in Japan are on the rise. As the Japan National Tourism Organization statistics show, the estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan topped 30 million in 2018, and repeat visitors is also increasing. Foreign tourists with a clear intention to have deeper experiences in Japan are traveling to the countryside to enjoy nature, the unique landscape, tradition, culture and local specialties. Breathtaking scenery Shiiba, a village in Miyazaki Prefecture, is recently attracting foreign visitors with Sennin no Tanada, meaning rice terraces of the hermit. Also referred to as the Machu Picchu of Shiiba, because of the resemblance of the landscape to … Continue reading

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Climate change to cut crop output, cost $42 bln a year: report

TSUKUBA, Dec. 12 ― Climate change will lower average global output on key crops such as wheat, soybeans and maize, causing an annual loss of 42.4 billion dollars, according to a Japanese report that studied climate impacts on staple crops. The Tsukuba-based National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), together with the National Institute for Environmental Studies and the Meteorological Research Institute, released the report on Dec. 11. The report highlighted the agriculture sector is vulnerable to climate change and it’s now seen much more as an economic issue than a narrow environmental one. Maize production would have a loss of 22.3 billion yen a year, the biggest loser among … Continue reading

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