21-02-2012 07:36 AM
Japanese farmers use Qld soil to grow rice
Japanese farmers affected by last year’s nuclear disaster are using farming land in north Queensland to grow produce.
08-02-2012 09:05 AM
US says Japan ready to engage on trade demands
Japanese trade officials on Tuesday assured the United States they were prepared to discuss key U.S. trade demands if allowed to join talks on a regio...
08-02-2012 09:01 AM
Wheat in Japan may drop most since 2009
Wheat prices in Japan, Asia’s second- largest importer, may decline in April by the most since October 2009, putting food makers including Yamaz...
02-02-2012 07:36 AM
Dairy firms to disclose milk radiation results
Major dairy companies will inspect the milk products they produce in 17 prefectures in northeastern and central Japan for radioactive ...
31-01-2012 07:32 AM
Japan suspends Australian poultry imports
Japan has suspended imports of all Australian chicken meat and eggs after avian influenza was reported on a farm in Victoria.
25-01-2012 07:39 AM
Salt-tolerant rice could aid tsunami victims
UK scientists have claimed a breakthrough in research on rice that could help farmers devastated by last year’s tsunami in Japan.
23-01-2012 07:24 AM
Gene breakthrough to help Japanese farmers
Scientists in Britain and Japan on Sunday unveiled a fast-track way towards breeding crops with higher yields or resistance to climate change.
18-01-2012 07:14 AM
Japan issues grant to support agriculture
The Japanese government yesterday provided 22.8bn/- in grant assistant to Tanzania to support agricultural development projects.
13-01-2012 07:31 AM
Food exports plummet after nuclear crisis
The numbers can now speak. In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster...
07-01-2012 03:07 AM
Japan agri ministry plans robot farm
A futuristic farm run by robots is being planned for land that was flooded by the Tsunami in March, the Japanese government revealed yesterday...
01-01-2012 16:27 PM
Rice farmers respond to slow consumption
Japanese rice farmers have been struggling due to slumping consumption and their business climate is expected to get even harsher with Japan...
26-12-2011 14:06 PM
Japan invest $2.7 in Nigerian agriculture
The World Bank and Japan are partnering Nigeria with an investment of about $2.74 million to enhance productivity and market linkage of Fadama farmers...
08-12-2011 09:30 AM
Japan expands rice ban
Japan will extend a ban on rice shipments from a third city in Fukushima prefecture after local authorities found more tainted grain, deepening food-s...
02-12-2011 09:43 AM
Young Japanese turn to farming
The end of the job-for-life tradition in Japan has led the new generation to search for what they really want to do and for some, this has led them ba...
01-12-2011 09:29 AM
Japan cuts rice output target
Japan cut its production target of rice for food after this year’s harvest exceeded consumption and as demand may decline further after discover...
01-12-2011 09:28 AM
Japan faces years of food contamination fears
The damaged nuclear power plant in Japan came a lot closer to a full meltdown last spring than first thought.
28-11-2011 09:43 AM
Japan’s rice farmers mull TPP future
Osamu Tamaki is one of the few rice farmers in Japan who see an Asia-Pacific free trade deal as a window of opportunity rather than the death knell fo...
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 ...