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November 27, 2019
On October 9, 2019, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries released procedures for providing information on the effects of organisms obtained by using genome editing technology....
November 20, 2019
On October 10, 2019, Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of proposed amendments to Japan’s Food Sanitation Act regarding raw materials for utensils, containers and packaging....
November 20, 2019
Government of Japan published the official English translation of the revised Act on Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS), amended on June 16, 2017.
November 20, 2019
On October 25, Japan initiated vaccinations of healthy hogs to combat the spread of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), the first such vaccinations since 2006.
November 20, 2019
On October 17, 2019, Japan announced plans to strengthen enforcement of phytosanitary certificate requirement (PCR) for agricultural imports and to revise the PCR exemption list for imports....
November 20, 2019
On October 3, 2019, Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendments to Japan’s Plant Protection Act regarding phytosanitary certificate requirements.
November 8, 2019
Among Japanese food industry sectors, the Home Meal Replacement (HMR) sector, or Sozai in Japanese, has shown the highest rate of growth in recent years, with sales reaching a record....
November 6, 2019
Japan’s annual biofuel target of 500 million liters (crude oil equivalent) for the transport sector was reached on time in 2017 and continues unchanged this year.
October 17, 2019
Milk production in Japan is projected to remain flat in 2019 before increasing around 1 percent in 2020 as recovery in the heifer population brings productivity gains.
October 11, 2019
On September 19, 2019, Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) announced genome edited foods that do not contain foreign DNA are not subject to the Food Labeling Standard.
October 10, 2019
On September 11, 2019, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries opened the public comment period for Feed Safety Guidelines on the Handling of Genome-edited Feeds and Feed Additives.
October 10, 2019
On July 18, 2019, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for six agricultural chemicals and a veterinary drugs....
October 10, 2019
On September 20, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) announced its intention to permit vaccinations of healthy hogs in prefectures affected by Classical Swine Fever.
October 10, 2019
On October 1, 2019 Japan raised the consumption tax for most goods and services from 8 to 10 percent.
October 10, 2019
On October 4, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries announced that it would decrease planned imports of non-fat dry milk (NFDM) by 6,000 metric tons....
October 7, 2019
Following seven consecutive years of growth, Japan’s hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) food service industry achieved record sales of ¥33.1 trillion ($299.8 billion) in 2018.
October 3, 2019
On September 20, 2019, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries started the public comment period for Feed Safety Guidelines on the Handling of Genome-edited Feeds and Feed Additives.
October 3, 2019
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced an additional public comment period for the, "Food Hygiene Handling Procedures for Food and Additives Derived from Genome Editing Technology."
October 3, 2019
On September 19, 2019, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) released the updated, "Food Hygiene Handling Procedures for Food and Additives Derived from Genome Editing Technology."
September 20, 2019
Rice consumption continues to decline due to a shrinking population and reductions in per capita consumption.

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