Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

【News】 Parliamentarian League for UN Agricultural Organization set up in Tokyo to support its activities against global malnutrition (May 11, 2017)

An inaugural general meeting of the cross-party Parliamentarian League for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was held in Tokyo on May 10. The Parliamentarian League was set up by about 80 members of the Diet belonging to various parties such as the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito party and the Democratic Party. The League aims at promoting and supporting FAO’s activities which fight against global hunger and malnutrition as well as achieve food security in the world. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva attended the meeting of the Parliamentarian League to make a presentation about “Food and Nutrition Security in the world and FAO’s roles.” “Farmers … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s import of Australian dairy cattle rapidly increasing in 2017 (May 9, 2017)

The number of dairy cows imported from Australia and other countries are very likely to hit the highest level in the past ten years. Japan Dairy Association or J-milk based at Chuo ward, Tokyo decided to import 960 heads of dairy cattle at most this year, while the Japanese dairy industry is facing a serious shortage of milk cows on dairy farms. Some of prefectural dairy farmers’ organizations and large-sized dairy farms are also planning to import cows from Australia. According to the Animal Quarantine Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, imports of dairy cattle per year fluctuated in number from 300 to 1,000 heads over the … Continue reading

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【News】 Japanese government to introduce “positive list” system for food-contact materials in 2018 (May 7, 2017)

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) decided to adopt a new “positive list” system for food-contact materials in order to impose restriction on substances that may be used in raw materials of food containers and packaging materials such as cooking utensils and lunch boxes contacting directly with foods. The existing “negative list” system that bans uses of certain substances for food packaging materials is not regulating uses of materials except these substances. MHLW plans to replace the “negative list” system with the “positive list” system by revising the Food Sanitation Law in 2018. The revision of the Law aims at reducing risk that hazardous substances are mixed into … Continue reading

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【News】 World Bonsai Convention successfully held in Saitama city, Japan (April 29, 2017)

The eighth World Bonsai Convention was held in Saitama city, Japan, during four days from April 27. Venues of the Convention have been crowded every day with a number of visitors including lovers of Bonsai or potted miniature trees, who came to Japan from various countries to see “Bonsais at the home of Bonsai.” More than 300 Bonsai trees were displayed at the Convention Center, highlighting a nearly 400-year-old Bonsai that has been exhibited at the Imperial Palace since the Edo period. Lots of Bonsai trees were sold to inbound visitors after roots of those miniature trees were washed so that the visitors could carry back with the bonsais passing … Continue reading

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【News】Good-looking animated personifications of Japanese rice brands gaining popularity, encouraging young Japanese to eat more rice (Apr. 27, 2017)

Cartoon programs featuring rice-themed characters are rising in popularity. One features a group of moe-type cute female characters and another a team of good-looking male personifications of popular Japanese rice brands, for example, both in order to develop a fondness for rice among young Japanese who are increasingly moving away from rice. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan has decided to use the anime characters on its official posters to promote Japanese food overseas, and the potential of those characters as new promotional tools are drawing attention. In April this year, a 5-minute TV anime program, Love Kome -We Love Rice-, went on air on six local … Continue reading

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