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World News: Japan
Japan | 9 February 2016
Farmland consolidation falling short of targets

The total area of farmland rented through the farmland intermediary administration institute is expected to reach 80,000 hectares by the end of fiscal 2015 — three times the level in the previous fisc...


Japan | 27 January 2016
Japan may relax its drone rules to protect crops

Japan is leery about the threat drones possess after one deposited radioactive material on the home of its Prime Minister. That doesn't mean that the country doesn't recognize their potential as w...


Japan | 26 November 2015
Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry

It doesn’t look like much: a few mismatched plots of farmland wedged between busy highways and commercial developments on the outskirts of this midsized city. But if Ryusuke Goto, 27, can find succ...


Japan | 12 November 2015
Japan eyes income insurance for farmers

Japan's agriculture ministry aims to guarantee that farmers maintain 80-90% of their average annual income based on the previous five years should they suffer losses due to the Trans-Pacific Partnersh...


Japan | 2 November 2015
TPP giving sheltered farmers greater incentive to export pricey produce

Japan’s high-cost farmers, sheltered by prohibitive import tariffs, might appear to be most at risk from the giant trans-Pacific trade deal agreed upon last month, but they are instead making an unlik...


Japan | 29 October 2015
Japan's pricy farmers eye export push, unfazed by TPP

Japan's high-cost farmers, sheltered by prohibitive import tariffs, might appear to be most at risk from a trans-Pacific free-trade deal agreed this month, but they are instead making an unlikely push...


Japan | 16 October 2015
JA-Zenchu urges govt to protect agriculture

The Japanese agricultural cooperative group called on the government Thursday to take all necessary steps to protect agriculture and farm villages, following the recent broad agreement on the Trans-Pa...


Japan | 7 October 2015
Japan’s cattle, pig farmers prepare to deal with TPP

Japanese cattle and pig farmers are ready to step up efforts to cope with expected massive inflows of foreign beef and pork after Japan’s upcoming sharp tariff reductions agreed as part of a broad Tra...


Japan | 6 August 2015
‘Farmland bank’ program off to a slow start

The government is to set to give more teeth to a “farmland bank” program aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Japan’s agricultural sector. The program is designed to consolidate small and scatt...


Japan | 28 July 2015
Japan wheat price seen dropping from highest in six years

Wheat prices in Japan are set to decline from the highest level since 2009 amid a global rout in commodities, according to the a millers’ group in the world’s second-largest importer of the grain. ...


Japan | 22 June 2015
Farmland accumulation banks must do more to consolidate farming plots

The farmlands intermediary administration institute system, also known as the farmland accumulation bank, that was created in each of the nation’s 47 prefectures as part of the government’s growth str...


Japan | 8 May 2015
Govt to boost research on heat-tolerant crops

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is planning to intensify research with the aim of developing heat- and drought-tolerant crops starting this fiscal year. As part of a broader plan to c...


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...