Curling team LS Kitami say ZEN-NOH rice from Japan is power source when competing overseas

TOKYO, May 25 – Five members of the curling team LS Kitami, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medalist for Japan, made a visit at JA Building in Otemachi, Tokyo, on May 24, 2018, and reported the results of the games to National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH), one of the supporters of the team. Satsuki Fujisawa explained that she always took rice grown in Japan and cooked it locally when she participated the games overseas. “Japanese rice tastes great even after it gets cold. It’s the best food for us to eat before competing,” she said. The meeting was also attended by Mari Motohashi, Yumi Suzuki, Yurika Yoshida and Chinami … Continue reading

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Japan’s lower house passes TPP-11, pushing related trade bills

TOKYO, May. 19 — Japan’s lower house has approved the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as the TPP-11, despite opposition efforts to threaten the smooth ratification process. In the May 18 morning, the lower house foreign affairs committee had approved the TPP-11 bill and sent it to the entire chamber to vote on the same day. The trade bill will be approved automatically 30 days after it is sent to the upper house. But for Japan, that is not the end of the ratification process. The governing coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito party needs to pass the TPP-11 related bills, including measures to compensate … Continue reading

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Japan’s PM Abe reaffirms not to renegotiate TPP in favor of US

TOKYO, May. 18 — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reaffirmed that he will not accept any terms that would shift the balance of benefits further in favor of the U.S. in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even if the U.S. might return. “In the agriculture area, there will be no more concession.” Abe told the lower house cabinet committee on May 17. “I made the promises to our farmers and I will stick to my guns,” he added. Abe cited a recent exchange with the U.S. President Donald Trump over the TPP and said: “I made it clear to Mr. Trump that our offer was pretty much the maximum Japan … Continue reading

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TPP-11 trade deal would cost Japan 74 billion yen in lost tariffs

TOKYO, May. 17 — Japan would lose out on 74 billion yen in tariff revenues once the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as TPP-11, fully comes into force. Revenue loss from agriculture imports has the most important impact, when the TPP-11 is fully implemented — a revenue loss of 62 billion yen. The revenue loss from the TPP-11 tariff cuts would add more pressure on farmers, because the revenues have been used to support programs to enhance farm income and promote stability for farm businesses, such as beef and dairy. Experts say that the lost revenue must be replaced in some different manner to maintain the programs. The government … Continue reading

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New vending machines in Tokyo Station offering you nice relaxing experience with tea in chabacco, not tobacco!

TOKYO, May 18 – It looks exactly like a box of tobacco, but it’s not. It’s “chabacco”- a box of powdered Japanese tea leaves, and its sales in vending machines have just been launched in Tokyo Station. Each box is beautifully designed with the motifs of tea plantations, Mt. Fuji, and tea-picking ladies, for example. One box contains a total of eight sticks of powdered tea leaves in variety such as fukamushi deep steamed green tea and roasted bancha tea. It costs 500 yen per box. The chabacco vending machines were placed on May 14 in Gransta in-station shopping and dining area in Tokyo Station ahead of the World No … Continue reading

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