23-11-2011 10:06 AM
Radiation affects 8 percent territory
More than 30,000 square kilometers of Japan’s surface, or about 8 percent, has been contaminated by radioactive substances following the nuclear...
18-11-2011 08:50 AM
New radiation scare for rice in Japan
Japanese authorities have halted the shipment of rice from some farms northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after finding higher-than...
14-11-2011 09:33 AM
Japan free trade move criticized
Japan’s prime minister hoped for praise at the weekend summit of Asian-Pacific leaders here for his bold pledge to join a U.S.-led free-trade pa...
11-11-2011 09:31 AM
Japan to join trade talks despite farm fears
The Japanese government is expected to decide on Thursday to join negotiations for a Pacific free trade agreement to boost the country’s sluggis...
07-11-2011 10:03 AM
A Free-Trade Plan to Save Japan
Yoshihiko Noda, selected to lead the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) only two months ago, already is contemplating a bold move.
27-10-2011 10:00 AM
Japan farmers urge free trade to spur change
Like other farmers on this fertile, coastal plain in northeast Japan, where patchwork rice fields stretch to the mountains beyond...
27-10-2011 09:59 AM
Japan to continue agricultural aid
Japan would continue to help Viet Nam develop a multi-functional agricultural model as part of the Enhancing Functions of Agricultural Co-operative in...
21-10-2011 09:30 AM
Japan offers plan to boost farm sector
Japan’s government Thursday outlined a basic policy to revitalize the country’s agricultural sector, which stands to lose the most from a ...
18-10-2011 09:14 AM
Japan to relax restrictions on US beef
Japan is preparing to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports as concerns about mad cow disease receded and domestic cattle production fell after the n...
10-10-2011 09:43 AM
Japan eyes local coffee
The Specialty Coffee Association of Japan (SCAJ), a group that raises awareness and deepens understanding of coffee among consumers and growers...
07-10-2011 09:47 AM
Japan seeks new rice source
Japanese consumers typically prefer fresh, home-grown rice, but that isn’t true this year.
05-10-2011 09:39 AM
NZ condemns Japans whaling decision
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says Japan is isolating itself from the international community with its decision to resume whaling in the Sou...
04-10-2011 08:37 AM
Japan to continue Antarctic whaling
Japan will go ahead with its annual whale hunt in Antarctica while boosting security to guard against possible harassment by environmental protesters....
03-10-2011 09:10 AM
Support for Japanese PM is down
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda fell 8.2 percentage points as the new premier faces continuing political divisions and the difficul...
29-09-2011 09:22 AM
Japan ban threatens Australian blueberry farmers
Australian blueberry farmers stand to lose out as supermarkets are expected to stock larger quantities of high quality fruit at lower prices.
28-09-2011 09:11 AM
Offshore wind farm to be built near Fukushima
The Japanese government has plans to build an off-shore floating wind farm near Fukushima, thus seeking to reduce its dependence on nuclear power and ...
28-09-2011 09:11 AM
Japan ruling party plans more taxes
Japan’s ruling party proposed a 9.2 trillion yen ($120 billion) temporary tax increase and selling the government’s stake in Japan Tobacco...
19-09-2011 09:06 AM
Cloud hangs over Japan's mushroom farmers
The continuing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant has affected this year’s autumn culinary delicacies in Fukushima Prefe...
17-09-2011 09:25 AM
Japan govt may reduce stake in Japan Tobacco
The Japanese government will pursue legislation that will let it sell part of its stake in Japan Tobacco Inc...
14-09-2011 08:58 AM
Govt to give subsidies to expand farmland
The agriculture ministry has been considering providing subsidies to farmers who sell or lend their land to young farmers trying to expand their opera...
14-09-2011 08:57 AM
Japan plans floating wind power for Fukushima
Japan will join the race to develop floating wind turbines to use in deepwater off its tsunami-stricken northern Pacific coast as it rethinks energy s...
12-09-2011 08:33 AM
Fukushima families fear radiation effects
Tens of thousands of residents left the Fukushima prefecture in the wake of the nuclear crisis as they feared the health effects of radiation, local o...
30-08-2011 08:51 AM
First Fukushima rice batch shipped after passing tests
A rice farmer in Koriyama on Monday became the first grower of the year to start shipping his crop from Fukushima Prefecture after the local governmen...
26-08-2011 09:01 AM
Japan Premier resigns after quake backlash
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he’s resigning 14 months into the job, undone by a backlash over his leadership after the March 11 e...
25-08-2011 09:10 AM
Farmers apply for government help
No livestock farmers in the four prefectures worst hit by the March disaster have applied for a government aid program to help them resume operating.....
23-08-2011 08:40 AM
Fukushima govt seeks lifting of cattle ban
The Fukushima prefectural government on Monday called on the central government to lift its ban on cattle shipments from the prefecture...
10-08-2011 09:37 AM
Rice futures must enhance farming efficiency
Effective use of rice futures could help stabilize agricultural management and improve the transparency of the rice pricing system. We hope rice futur...
09-08-2011 09:26 AM
Japan battles to restore food safety confidence
With their sharply trained eyes, Tokyo’s jovial beef traders can instantly judge the quality of the country’s premium wagyu beef from a ga...
08-08-2011 09:35 AM
Japan rice futures soar on nuclear fears
Japan started trading rice futures Monday but suspended the market after the price of the staple grain soared on fears that radioactive contamination ...
04-08-2011 09:10 AM
Japan's radiation scare to hit beef output
Japan’s widening ban on cattle shipments after the discovery of radiation-contaminated feed will reduce domestic beef output in the short term, ...
29-07-2011 08:13 AM
Miyagi beef cattle shipments banned
The Japanese government has banned shipments of beef cattle from another prefecture in the country’s nuclear crisis-hit northeast region.
28-07-2011 08:44 AM
Japan cattle ship halt expands
Japan plans to expand its ban on beef cattle shipments to include Miyagi prefecture after finding radiation levels exceeding safety standards in some ...
23-07-2011 08:38 AM
Are worries over meat warranted?
About 1,500 cows that were fed hay containing radioactive cesium in excess of the government limit were found to have been shipped from Fukushima and ...
22-07-2011 09:24 AM
State to buy all radioactive beef
The government will buy up all beef found to contain radioactive cesium at levels exceeding the allowable limit, and incinerate it, a senior farm mini...
22-07-2011 09:21 AM
Problem with radioactive cattle gets bigger
Japan’s government said the number of cattle fed with hay contaminated by radiation has doubled, two days after shipments of beef from cows rais...
16-07-2011 08:50 AM
Fukushima cattle shipments banned
The government’s nuclear disaster task force said Friday that shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima Prefecture will be suspended, amid concern...
04-07-2011 09:02 AM
N-crisis hits Fukushima cherry farmers
As the shipping of brand cherries produced in open fields in Fukushima Prefecture reaches its peak, farmers are being hit hard by sharp drops in sales...
28-06-2011 09:20 AM
Poultry exports to Japan to be increased
Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations, Nantawan Sakuntanak disclosed that International Trade Promotion Office in Japan had reporte...
17-05-2011 09:17 AM
Japan's farmers plough on
Japanese authorities are extending the evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in a move that has implications for thousands...
16-05-2011 09:46 AM
Japanese plan new strategy for Fukushima
Japanese officials are readying a new approach to cooling reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant...
27-04-2011 06:29 AM
Farmers rally at Tepco head office in Tokyo
Angry farmers brought two cows to Tokyo yesterday, shouting and punching the air to demand compensation for products contaminated by radiation from th...
26-04-2011 10:13 AM
Farmers protest against Japanese nuke plant
Angry farmers brought two cows to Tokyo where they shouted and punched the air Tuesday in a protest to demand compensation for products contaminated b...
18-04-2011 09:03 AM
Japanese farmers linger in uncertainty
Cherry blossom season in Japan signals the start of the planting of rice and other produce. But the earthquake and subsequent radioactive leak from th...
14-04-2011 09:37 AM
Japanese farmers dump milk over radiation fears
Dairy farmers near Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant are struggling to cope with their own disaster.
13-04-2011 08:58 AM
Red meat industry shows support in Japan
The Australian red meat industry has initiated many activities to throw its support behind Japan...
12-04-2011 09:46 AM
Cattle farmer stressed over cows in Fukushima
A cattle farmer here is suffering from tremendous stress amid mounting concerns over the impact of radiation leaks from the quake- and tsunami-hit Fuk...
10-04-2011 14:07 PM
Japan on defensive over food safety concerns
The Japanese government is trying to fight against growing concerns that food from Japan is not safe.
10-04-2011 14:06 PM
Don't plant rice, Japanese farmers told
Japan’s government has announced it will ban farmers from planting rice in soil contaminated by radiation from the tsunami...
06-04-2011 09:07 AM
Japan farmers brave radiation to feed livestock
Farmers forced to flee Japan’s leaking nuclear plant are braving high levels of radiation inside the exclusion zone in a desperate bid to save t...
01-04-2011 08:35 AM
For Fukushima's Farmers, Growing Uncertainty
As Japan continues to grapple with the effects of the March 11 earthquake, the prefecture of Fukushima faces some of the biggest challenges.