Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

Brazil lifts restrictions on Fukushima food after nuclear disaster

TOKYO, Aug. 23 ― Brazil has lifted import restrictions on foods from Fukushima prefecture, which were placed in after the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Brazil was the last Latin American country that lifted the restrictions on food products from Fukushima. The move comes after the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March backed a Japanese complaint against South Korea’s import ban on seafood as well as additional testing requirements on agricultural foods. In the wake of the disaster in 2011, like South Korea and other countries, Brazil imposed restrictions on food imports from Fukushima and 11 prefectures: Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi, Saitama, Chiba and … Continue reading

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Rise in Malaysian visitors to Japan pushes up Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia

TOKYO, Aug. 19 – Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia is expanding significantly. Notably, the export of Japanese pears and peaches is experiencing a big surge.   As the number of Malaysian travelers grew, a greater number of the Malaysians have become big fans of Japanese fruits and they buy more fruits from Japan even after returning home.  The number of visitors from Malaysia to Japan is expected to rise in the future, and the number of fruits export from Japan is likely to elevate as well. According to the trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia in 2017 was 245 tons, up 15% from a … Continue reading

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Japan’s growers aim to revive floral tradition at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Aug. 12 ― Athletes who finished in the top three received Japanese flower bouquets at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Tokyo on Aug. 9-14. This is a part of efforts that the Japan Flower Growers Association (JFGA) has been pushing. The organization aims to bring the floral tradition back at the world’s biggest sport event: the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. Such tradition, however, could be controversial because some consider it unsustainable for the environment. At the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, medalists were given a doll of the games mascot wearing a gold, silver or bronze hat, instead of … Continue reading

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Some Japanese food exports hit record high in first half of 2018

TOKYO, Aug. 5 ― Some of Japanese food exports in the first six months of 2018 broke the previous record set last year, as the popularity of Japanese dish, or washoku, has hit new heights around the globe in recent years. Shipments of Japanese beef, for example, jumped 37% to 10.8 billion yen in the first half from the same period a year earlier, data from the finance ministry showed. Both figures are the highest since the ministry started recording in 1988. This is partly because Taiwan has emerged as the top destination for the Japanese beef, after the Asian neighboring country lifted a 16-year ban on beef imports from … Continue reading

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Japan’s reforming farm minister leads cultivating new markets

TOKYO, Aug. 4 ― One year after becoming Japan’s agriculture minister, Ken Saito has led a move to cultivate new markets overseas for Japanese farm products. “The past year has been very exciting to me,” Saito said at a Aug. 3 press conference, as he reflected the first year as the agriculture minister. Indeed, he focused on boosting Japanese farm exports for much of the past year, as he stressed the country faces a declining population. Japanese food export value in the first five months of 2018 rose 15% from the same period a year earlier. If they can keep this pace, Japan will likely meet its target of 1 … Continue reading

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