News from Japan

16-04-2014 02:18 AM
112,000 birds culled; burial to end Wednesday
The Kumamoto prefectural government has completed the culling of about 112,000 chickens after an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza at a...
14-04-2014 00:18 AM
112,000 chickens destroyed after bird flu outbreak
Japanese officials ordered the slaughter of about 112,000 chickens at two poultry farms after confirming the nation's first case of bird flu for three...
11-04-2014 00:31 AM
Asahi to buy Malaysian dairy firm
Japan's Asahi Group Holdings Ltd said Thursday that it would purchase Etika Dairies Sdn Bhd in Malaysia for US$329 million (10.7 billion baht) to expa...
10-04-2014 01:06 AM
Abbott in Japan: For Tokyo, it's all about beef
For Japan, the visit by Tony Abbott was important for one reason and one reason only: the agreement on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Austr...
08-04-2014 02:31 AM
Farmers split on benefits of Japan-Australia free trade deal
The Japan-Australia free trade agreement has split the farming sector, with beef producers welcoming the pact while dairy and pork farmers expressed d...
07-04-2014 02:20 AM
Farmers say halving Japan beef tariffs not good enough
Beef farmers say Japan's indication that it'll halve tariffs on Australian beef, as part of a free trade deal between the two countries, is still not ...
07-03-2014 01:52 AM
Agricultural coop rules scrutinized
A key government panel on regulatory reform is considering revising the requirements for membership in agricultural cooperatives, with an eye on produ...
06-03-2014 01:10 AM
Even as Japan baulks at trade concessions, farmers move on
When it comes to trade policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a choice between the fears of Japan's ageing farm lobby and the hopes of suburban famil...
24-02-2014 03:50 AM
Japan-Canada talks believed aimed at shielding dairy items
Japanese and Canadian trade chiefs are believed to have discussed at a meeting in Singapore on Sunday cooperating in maintaining tariffs on dairy prod...
27-01-2014 01:28 AM
Farmers reaping benefits with apps
Smartphone apps that help farmers monitor crops and control costs are becoming popular as the rapid graying of the population continues to thin the ra...
16-12-2013 10:20 AM
No country for small-time rice farmers
In the suburbs of Tokyo, rice farmer Koichi Yuge is weighing how the government’s change of heart on controlling rice prices will impact his 300-year-...
10-12-2013 13:09 PM
Japan may remove support for rice farmers
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has a history of retaining payments to specific interest groups, so this is a significant departure from their...
29-11-2013 09:40 AM
Rice farming in Japan: Political staple
Not even the most ardent reformers around Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, believed that he would dare to scrap the policy, known as gentan, under ...
25-10-2013 02:44 AM
Japanese dairy giant Meiji quits baby milk market in China
Tough competition and rising production costs have forced Japanese diary giant Meiji to pull its milk formula business from the China market. The c...
11-10-2013 05:36 AM
Farmers bring a slice of country life to Tokyo
With Tokyo Tower as a backdrop and being home to some of Tokyo’s most famous nightclubs, several foreign embassies and upscale clothing stores, Roppon...
03-10-2013 01:48 AM
US and Japan agree on organic equivalency
Products certified organic in the United States will now be accepted as such in Japan, and vice versa, per an agreement between the countries. The new...
19-09-2013 03:12 AM
Govt aims to revive uncultivated land
The government will promote the effective use of a total of 400,000 hectares of uncultivated land nationwide from fiscal 2014 under a new scheme to re...
17-09-2013 01:38 AM
Farmers’ radiation-tainted straw remains in limbo
Little progress has been made in the disposal of straw and pasture grass contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power...
12-09-2013 02:19 AM
Japan boosts beef exports
Beef exports took another jump in July with the bulk of that coming from increased business with Japan. Ron Plain, Extension livestock marketing ec...
30-08-2013 02:34 AM
Japanese farmers' opposition to TPP waning
Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Akira Amari, has said opposition toward the TPP from his country's powerful agr...
29-07-2013 04:00 AM
Farmers can’t bank on Abe
Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s leadership, Japan is now a party to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade arrangement. Eve...
24-07-2013 02:40 AM
Japanese ag officials meet with U.S. counterparts on GM wheat
Japanese agriculture officials seem to be on a "positive track" in their decision whether to resume buying western white wheat, an Oregon wheat indust...
18-07-2013 04:04 AM
Japan team wraps up USDA meeting on GM wheat situation
A Japanese delegation is completing talks with the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at restarting purchases of U.S. western white wheat, which wer...
17-07-2013 00:26 AM
Wheat group hopeful about Japanese wheat buys
With the harvest underway, representatives of Northwest wheat growers say they're optimistic, though cautious, about prospects for Japan to resume buy...
17-07-2013 00:19 AM
Agriculture policies should aim to improve intl competitiveness
To liberalize trade further, it is imperative to revive Japan’s agriculture sector. Arresting its decline and improving international competitiveness ...
28-06-2013 09:21 AM
How will Japan’s farms survive?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has included the promotion of agriculture in the “third arrow” of his economic growth strategy and envisaged the creation of...
21-06-2013 10:32 AM
Japan's farmers to benefit from rooftop solar power
Japan’s farming sector is making the switch to solar power, with the nation’s agricultural body announcing plans to spend AU$93 million installing 30 ...
14-06-2013 12:02 PM
Trip shores up Japanese beef trade
Australian cattle producers and feedlotters have just returned from a trip to Japan, where they were convincing farmers Australia shouldn't be seen as...
31-05-2013 09:36 AM
Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco
A Filipino woman whose Japanese husband committed suicide after his dairy farming business was decimated by the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster ...
27-05-2013 10:10 AM
Next stage of growth policy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 17 announced a second set of economic growth policy measures. He aims to restore the private sector’s total capital i...
23-05-2013 10:25 AM
Farmers plant rice near crippled Fukushima site
Farmers have resumed planting rice for market only 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, a local o...
21-05-2013 09:40 AM
Gov't discusses farming as TPP trade talks await
The government held its first ministerial meeting Tuesday on strengthening the agriculture and fisheries sector ahead of Japan's entry into the Trans-...
20-05-2013 09:13 AM
Rice planted in former no-go zone
Farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district once designated a no-go zone because of radioactive fallou...
25-04-2013 10:58 AM
Gov't vows to bolster Japan's agriculture, eyeing TPP talks
TOKYO, April 23 (Kyodo) _ The government said Tuesday that it will take steps to bolster Japan's abating agriculture industry, such as boosting crop e...
08-04-2013 09:50 AM
Non-soil farming sprouts hope in Fukushima
Kawauchi, a farming village 30km from the site of the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years, feared for its future as radiation from the crippled ...
26-03-2013 06:45 AM
China, Japan, S. Korea open free trade talks
China, Japan and South Korea kicked off formal negotiations Tuesday on securing a free trade agreement to bind together three economies that account f...
25-03-2013 08:38 AM
Abe visits evacuation towns in Fukushima
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the towns of Namie and Tomioka in the Fukushima Prefecture to check on the progress of reconstruction efforts in two...
18-03-2013 09:07 AM
Japan balances free trade with protection for farmers
Japan's compulsion to protect its politically influential and culturally iconic agricultural sector is always a serious stumbling block when Tokyo att...
15-03-2013 09:08 AM
Japan may open beef in TPP trade talks
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may sacrifice barriers protecting Japan’s beef and wheat farmers as he joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, said...
13-03-2013 08:54 AM
Japanese farmers protest entry into TPP trade talks
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not yet made any formal announcement, but Japan’s largest farm group has already staged a protest against the country’s ...
12-03-2013 08:40 AM
Fukushima aims to revive agriculture with no-soil farming
Takeo Endo, a Kawauchi farmer who once supplied the imperial family with rice, is spearheading a group that’s pioneering a project that aims to grow f...
11-03-2013 06:51 AM
Fukushima seeks revival in radiation-free farms
Kawauchi, a farming village 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the site of the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years, feared for its future as radiatio...
27-02-2013 09:24 AM
Japan boosts wheat prices as yen weakens
Japan increased wheat prices to flour millers by almost 10 percent, raising costs for companies including Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (2002) and Nippon ...
26-02-2013 09:56 AM
Fresh clashes between Japanese whalers and activists
Environmental activists and Japanese whaling authorities have reported fresh clashes in Antarctic waters, with each side accusing the other of causing...
21-02-2013 09:19 AM
Japan must negotiate on rice to join trade talks, US says
Japan must be willing to negotiate in all trade sectors, including politically sensitive ones like rice, if it wants to join the United States and 10 ...
12-02-2013 11:20 AM
Japan props up its whaling industry
A wildlife conservation group said in a report recently that Japan has been propping up its whaling industry with nearly $400 million in tax money in ...
31-01-2013 10:13 AM
Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima
Thousands of cows were abandoned in the evacuated zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami th...
23-01-2013 06:42 AM
Japan beef news rallies U.S. live cattle futures
U.S. live cattle futures rallied on Tuesday, helped by news that Japan could ease U.S. beef import restrictions soon, triggering short-covering, trade...
22-01-2013 06:28 AM
Japan plans to relax restrictions on US beef
Japan will ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports next month, boosting supplies to restaurant chains such as Yoshinoya Holdings Co. (9861), after food...
22-01-2013 06:22 AM
Rice farmers get bulk of Japan's support
Japan has given Kenya a Sh617.6 million grant to finance two projects meant to improve farming and access to clean water. Some Sh480.7 million from...