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June 1, 2020
Hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) sales fell to unprecedented lows in April, with consumers staying home and tourism halted during the seven-week long nationwide state of emergency...
June 1, 2020
On May 27, the Japanese Cabinet approved a second 2020 supplementary budget totaling 31.9 trillion yen ($298 billion) to help mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus.
June 1, 2020
On May 27, Japan’s Cabinet Office approved the draft of a second supplementary budget aimed at addressing COVID-19-related impacts.
May 26, 2020
Hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) sales fell to unprecedented lows in April, with consumers staying home and tourism halted during the seven-week long nationwide state of emergency...
May 13, 2020
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced additional support payments for dairy producers to redirect excess milk supplies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 1, 2020
Japanese farmers, foresters, and fishermen whose income from sales decreased over 30 percent for any month between February and October of 2020 are eligible for tax relief as part of Japan’s COVID...
May 1, 2020
Japan's farmers, foresters, and fishermen are eligible for cash allowances from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry to help sustain businesses affected by COVID-19 related losses.
April 29, 2020
On April 20, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) announced additional details of the supports it will provide to cattle fattening operations and dairy companies...
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 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 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
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 6, 2020
Falling wagyu beef prices since 2019 have triggered increased support payments under the Beef Livestock Stabilization Program, also known as Beef Marukin.
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 24, 2020
The Government of Japan announced increased support for dairy farmers and processors to mitigate impact of reduced milk consumption in schools following the government’s decision to close schools...