Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

“Rinse-free rice contributes to SDGs,” Toyo Rice say at UN conference

Geneva, Switzerland, Nov, 27 – A Tokyo-based all-round rice producer participated in an international conference on human rights at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 27, 2019, and told the participants that its unique rice processing technology is contributing to the environment and people’s health while helping people to fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company, Toyo Rice Corporation, says it’s the first Japanese corporation to make a presentation on SDGs at a U.N. meeting. The three-day conference was held on November 25-27, 2019, with approximately 2,000 participants from 190 countries and regions all over the world. According to Toyo Rice, the expansion … Continue reading

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LDP forms Working Group to protect trade names of Japanese tea brands overseas

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Lawmakers of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) formed a new working group under the team of Diet members who gathered to support the tea industry in Japan, the Parliamentary League on Tea Industry Promotion of LDP (Chairman: Hiroshi Moriyama). The move comes as some tea producers overseas are registering their products falsely using the names of Japanese tea producing region or selling fake products, while impeding Japan’s efforts to sell more tea products overseas. The new working group will study ways to eliminate such problems. At the first meeting held on November 15, 2019, there was a report on the infringement of the “Uji Tea” … Continue reading

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Japan’s acreage dips 26,000 hectares in 2018 due to labor shortage

TOKYO, Nov. 16 – Crop acreage in 2018 in Japan declined 26,000 hectares or 1% year-over-year to 4,048,000 hectares, according to the Farm Ministry. The use rate also dropped 0.1 points to 91.6%. The figures are declining continuously due to the aging and the retirement of farmers and labor shortage, to hit the lowest since 1955, the earliest year for which comparable data is available. The ministry’s mid-to-long-term agricultural policy, Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, says the country needs to increase the cropping acreage to 4.43 hectares by 2025. However, the gap between the plan and reality has widened. The ministry double-counted the acreage if the same … Continue reading

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Typhoon damage on agriculture, forestry and fishery industry estimated at JPY 177.8 billion, Farm ministry considering additional support

TOKYO, Oct. 30 – Typhoon Faxai and Hagibis caused an estimated loss of 177.8 billion yen in total in the agriculture, forestry, and fishery industry, as of October 29, the farm minister said at a news conference after the cabinet meeting on October 29. According to Taku Eto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan, the loss caused by Typhoon Faxai and Typhoon Hagibis reached 126.88 billion yen as of October 29 and 50.92 billion yen as of October 10, respectively. The figures are tentative and expected to grow further. Eto told the reporters that farmers were hit by natural disasters repeatedly. Their will to continue or resume their … Continue reading

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Typhoon Hagibis hits hard on farmers

TOKYO, Oct. 16 – Damage caused by the typhoon that blew through mainly the eastern part Japan on Saturday has become more apparent on October 15, 2019. Because of the torrential rains caused by the Typhoon Hagibis, many rivers overflowed and inundated houses, farmlands, and greenhouses. The water attacks were confirmed at many places in the eastern part of Japan, and enormous agricultural damages are expected. However, it will take time to clarify the whole picture. Ibaraki Prefecture: No prospect for recovery In Ibaraki Prefecture, the Naka River overflowed, flooding the greenhouses of nearby farmers. Some of the nurseries now have broken frames and mud inside, which make it extremely … Continue reading

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