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April 27, 2020
On April 21, 2020, Japan notified the World Trade Organization via G/SPS/N/JPN/755 of temporary measures to accept scanned or hard copies of export certificates for animals, plants, and...
April 27, 2020
As part of the Government of Japan’s COVID-19 emergency economic package, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is expected to receive a 545 billion yen...
April 24, 2020
The Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) Osaka supported U.S. exhibitors at the FABEX Kansai regional public trade show for the first time in 2019.
April 23, 2020
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) plans to remove the terms “artificial” and “synthetic” for sweeteners, colorings, preservatives, and flavors from the Food Labeling Standards.
April 23, 2020
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) plans to remove the terms “artificial” and “synthetic” for sweeteners, colorings, preservatives, and flavors from the Food Labeling Standards.
April 23, 2020
The National Tax Agency of Japan invites public comments on the use of dimethyl dicarbonate, (DMDC) to preserve wine and “fruit wine” products. Comments need to be submitted in Japanese.
April 17, 2020
Following official requests that people stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools have closed, tourism has come to a halt, and public outings have fallen.
April 17, 2020
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency will temporarily suspend the strict monitoring of non-critical food labeling information in response to COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions.
April 17, 2020
As Japan’s agricultural workforce continues a decades-long decline, farm owners are increasingly looking for alternative sources of labor, including from abroad.
April 15, 2020
On April 13, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC), a state-trading enterprise, announced details of $875 million it will receive as part of Japan’s COVID-19...
April 9, 2020
This quarterly report includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade...
April 9, 2020
Japan’s Cabinet approved a $990 billion economic package to support the economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 9, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused food service sales in Japan at restaurants and hotels to nosedive and retail sales at supermarkets to jump as schools have closed, tourism has come to a halt...
April 8, 2020
On April 1, 2020, the Government of Japan announced tariff-rate quota volumes for dairy products that will be open during Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2020 (April to March).
April 6, 2020
Falling wagyu beef prices since 2019 have triggered increased support payments under the Beef Livestock Stabilization Program, also known as Beef Marukin.
April 3, 2020
Soybean exports to Japan will increase in MY 2019/20 and MY 2020/21 due to a favorable soybean crush margin and advance contracting by crushers.
April 1, 2020
This report provides the latest status of consumption, regulation, public perception, research, development, production, and use of agricultural biotechnology in Japan.
March 31, 2020
The Government of Japan released two tranches of emergency funding for COVID-19 countermeasures, 15.3 billion yen (US$140 million) on February 13 and 430.8 billion yen (US$3.9 billion) on March 10.
March 31, 2020
In 2018, Japan’s health-related food market was the third largest in the world with an estimated value of $13.2 billion, up two percent from the previous year.
March 31, 2020
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) received 2.41 trillion yen (roughly US$22.1 billion) for its Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2020 budget, a 0.8 percent decrease from last year.

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