Category Archives: Food & Agriculture

China is ready to expand farm imports from Japan: Premier Li

SAPPORO, May. 12 —China is ready to expand agricultural imports from Japan, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, when he made a 3-day visit to Japan that ended May 11. “China would like to import more safe and high-quality agricultural products from Japan,” Li said. The Chinese premier attended the Japan-China Governors’ Forum with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 11 in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. Li cited Hokkaido’s modern agricultural technology and said: “China also want to boost cooperation with Hokkaido in the agriculture sector.” The forum was organized by Japan’s National Governors Association. Japanese governors from 6 prefectures including Hokkaido and Yamagata, and 12 Chinese provincial governors … Continue reading

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Giant gingerbread home is back during Golden Week holidays

TOKYO, May. 4 — A giant gingerbread house emerged in the busy shopping district of Jiyugaoka Station during the Golden Week holidays. The three-meter gingerbread house used some 2,000 pieces of candies and other sweets, according to the event organizer. When started building a gingerbread house in time for the Golden Week holidays 10 years ago, the house was as high as two meters, the organizer said.

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Awaji onions debut at Japan’s premier online Niconico party

CHIBA, April. 29 — Awaji onions debuted at Japan’s premier online event outside of Tokyo. A three-meter hut with hanging Awaji onions emerged at the annual Niconico Chokaigi at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, held on April 29 and 30. “Awaji Island is well known for its onions and you can see them hanging up to dry almost anywhere you go on the island,” explained an official from Sumoto city in Awaji, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan. “We hope visitors feel the atmosphere of Awaji Island,” he added. The two-day gathering, organized by the video service Niconico, attracted 161, 300 visitors and recorded 6.12 million stream viewers. At the event hall, activities … Continue reading

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Japan’s ruling LDP seeks to not bend to US pressure on trade

TOKYO, April. 25 — Japan’s governing party has reaffirmed it will not accept U.S. demands that go beyond the concessions Tokyo made as part of the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a meeting on April 24, following the recent outcome of a Japan-the U.S. summit on trade at the U.S. president’s Mar-a-Lago resort club in Florida. “We will work closely with the government to make sure not to have our farmers and fishermen worried,” said Hiroshi Moriyama, who chaired the meeting with an internal task force that deals with trade pacts such as the TPP. The move comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the … Continue reading

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Japan installs vending machine focusing on local fruit produce

TOKYO, April. 21 — Japan’s agriculture ministry has installed drink vending machines that sell locally-grown fruit beverage at its headquarters. In Japan, beverages are often in cans in convenience stores, kiosks at trains stations and vending machines. The ministry said the vending machines will offer new product lines each season, such as soy tea and Oita prefecture’s pear juice. It now plans to install such vending machines at train stations as well as airports to promote local fruit produce nationwide.

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