Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

New Chinese registers using Japan’s trademark raise concerns

TOKYO, Sept. 6 ― A wave of Chinese trademark registrations that use Japanese agricultural brand names has raised fresh concerns among growers here. The Chinese trademark office recently approved an application of “Skyberry” requested by a Shanghai-based online shopping company. In Japan, Skyberry is a registered trademark for a strawberry variety, which was developed by growers in Tochigi prefecture after nearly two decades of work. It has nothing to do with the Chinese internet company. The trademark registration is vital for Japanese farmers to ensure that their brand names are reserved exclusively for products from their regions to give greater protection from misuse of the names overseas. So, the Tochigi … Continue reading

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Japan’s export agency to market overseas info on website

TOKYO, Sept. 5 ― Japan’s governmental export agency says it will start disseminating information from next year on the most in-demand agriculture products in Asian markets. The objective is to help Japanese food producers and processors to develop export markets, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a trade ministry subsidiary that connects Japanese producers with overseas markets. “Farmers have got to produce what the market wants, not the other way around,” said JETRO Chairman Hiroyuki Ishige at a press conference on Sept. 4. Every year, JETRO supports Japanese producers take part in more than 50 food exhibitions and promotional events around the globe. Tapping into its own network … Continue reading

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Serious beetroot pest found in Japan for the first time

TOKYO, Sept. 2 ─ Beet cyst nematode, a serious pest in root crop production, has been found in a farm in northern Japan for the first time, the agriculture ministry says. The microscopic worms invade the roots of plants and cause swelling in the roots that make it difficult for plants to take in water and nutrients, drastically reducing yields. It is not harmful for humans to eat infested plants, but the pest causes hundreds of billions of dollars in crop failures worldwide each year, officials say. The ministry announced Sept. 01 the discovery of beet cyst nematode in farms that grows cabbage, broccoli and other vegetables in Haramura, Nagano … Continue reading

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JA Group Kumamoto invites famous Taiwanese bloggers and reporters to share message about Kumamoto food and agricultures online

KUMAMOTO, Sept. 4 ─ An agricultural cooperative in Kumamoto Prefecture (JA Group Kumamoto) hosted a tour for nine popular Taiwanese bloggers and journalists in the prefecture for the first time. The tour gave them an opportunity to discover firsthand how Kumamoto has recovered from the 2016 earthquake through the visits at JA farmers’ markets and tourism farms. Having deeper connections with those who are good at communicating information will hopefully help the prefecture to tell to a wider range of audience how people in Kumamoto stood up after the destruction and how they are offering beautiful food, via SNS (social networking service) for example. It also helps to bring back … Continue reading

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Japan’s wagyu beef attracting oil-rich United Arab Emirates

TOKYO, Aug. 27 ─ Japan’s wagyu beef exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a record high in 2016, as the high-priced Japanese delicacy has become increasingly popular in the oil-rich Middle Eastern monarchy. Wagyu beef export volume to the UAE reached a record high of 1,741 kg in 2016, up 21% from a year earlier, according to the finance ministry. The exports in the six months to June 2017 jumped 35% to 2,357 kg, exceeding the total exports of last year. Wagyu beef is famous for marbling of fat and the way it dissolves in the mouth. Many Muslims are averse to red meat with blood when cooked … Continue reading

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