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World News: Japan
Japan | 26 March 2015
Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their o...


Japan | 26 February 2015
Regulating genome-edited crops that aren't GMOs

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism ...


Japan | 24 February 2015
Japanese agriculture minister resigns in funds scandal

Japan’s Agriculture Minister Koya Nishikawa resigned Monday, becoming the third cabinet member to step down from office since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to office in 2012. The resignation c...


Japan | 10 February 2015
Japan's farm lobby concedes to Abe's agriculture reforms

Japan’s powerful farm lobby is conceding to efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to weaken its grip on the country’s farming industry through legislation designed to dilute its power and cut the fees ...


Japan | 12 January 2015
Japan farm lobby trumps Abe in rural Governor's race

A former internal affairs ministry official backed by Japan’s powerful farm lobby won a gubernatorial contest in Saga prefecture Sunday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’s efforts to scale...


Japan | 2 December 2014
Abe needs to butter up dairy industry as weakening yen wreaks havoc

Japan’s dairies and cake lovers just cannot seem to catch a break. The weakening yen is making it more expensive for farmers to import the U.S. corn their cows eat at a time when record crops have ...


Japan | 1 December 2014
Japan dairies losing as Abe's weak yen boosts corn costs

Japan’s dairies and cake lovers just can’t seem to catch a break. A weakening yen is making it more expensive for farmers to import the U.S. corn their cows eat at a time when record crops have red...


Japan | 25 November 2014
Japanese dairy buyers concerned over Australia China Free trade Agreement

One of Australia's major export markets has concerns about the new China free trade agreement. At a recent meeting in Japan, importers asked the Australian dairy industry for assurances that the su...


Japan | 31 October 2014
Head of Japan’s dairy products firm calls on PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that his government was making arduous efforts to make Pakistan a highly conducive and attractive destination for foreign investments. He said that the steady a...


Japan | 22 October 2014
Japan's rice industry gets a rethink

Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan’s struggling rice industry. The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddies that e...


Japan | 20 October 2014
Japan's 'sacred' rice farmers rotting from inside

Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry. The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields t...


Japan | 30 September 2014
Shinzo Abe bows to the farm lobby

The U.S.-Japan cabinet-level talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact broke down on Wednesday largely because of Tokyo's refusal to sufficiently lower farm tariffs and other associated import...


Japan | 7 August 2014
Japan regrets Russia halting agriculture imports

Japan today expressed regret that Russia has decided to halt agriculture exports from countries that have supported anti-Russian sanctions. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters tha...


Japan | 27 June 2014
Abe’s drive to reform agriculture

The Abe administration’s proposed measures to reform the farm sector in its updated strategy for economic growth have focused on the organizational problems of agricultural cooperatives. While the adm...


Japan | 16 June 2014
Beef stocks high in Japan

A combination of steady supplies and soft demand continued to sustain Japan’s beef inventories at high levels during April, according to supply and demand data by Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Ind...


Japan | 30 May 2014
U.S. farming lobby warns Japan on TPP

U.S. farm groups said Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if it insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. Akira Amari, a Cabinet minister in charge of t...


Japan | 30 May 2014
Farmers find a new cash crop in solar power field

The campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners: vegetable farmers. Makoto Takazawa and his father Yukio earned ¥1.7 million l...


Japan | 27 May 2014
In Japan, farmers are a dying species

In spite of intense pressure and some concessions concerning security issues US President Barack Obama, on his recent state visit to Japan, did not manage to substantially advance the long drawn out n...


Japan | 19 May 2014
Seeds of change in rice-growing country

A group of farmers in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, is exploring ways to market biodiesel fuel made from sunflower seeds, which many consumers are shunning over radiation fears. The Minamisoma ...


Japan | 16 April 2014
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 poultry farm in Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, was ...


Japan | 14 April 2014
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 years. DNA tests have revealed the H5strain of...


Japan | 11 April 2014
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 expand its operations in Southeast Asia. The Japane...


Japan | 10 April 2014
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). Australia is Japan's fourth-largest trading partner and...


Japan | 8 April 2014
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 disappointment with the deal. The National Farme...


Japan | 7 April 2014
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 good enough. Lachlan Graham, from Harden, on th...


Japan | 7 March 2014
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 producing more large-scale farmers, according to govern...


Japan | 6 March 2014
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 families lined up here at a nearly 20-metre long meat c...


Japan | 24 February 2014
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 products in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negot...


Japan | 27 January 2014
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 ranks of skilled veterans in agriculture. Softwar...


Japan | 16 December 2013
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-old family business. Yuge, who grows the Koshih...