Japan: MAFF Assesses Agricultural Situation in JFY2018 White Paper

In its annual “White Paper on Food, Agriculture, and Rural Villages,” Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) reports that food self-sufficiency continued to decline in 2017/18. MAFF indicates that it was able to preserve the border measures necessary to continue domestic production in the face of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and trade agreements with the European Union (EU). Structural change remains slow, despite MAFF programs to promote more efficient farm scale and address critical labor shortfalls.

Japan: MAFF Assesses Agricultural Situation in JFY2018 White Paper