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May 7, 2018
The Government of Japan introduced new support measures to enhance the competiveness of domestic cheese producers as Japan prepares to enter into free trade agreements with the European Union....
April 30, 2018
Japan will provide preferential dairy access to the European Union (EU), New Zealand and Australia through two separate free trade agreements which could enter into force as early as 2019.
April 26, 2018
On April 20, 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) invited public comments on revised Japan Agricultural Standards (JAS) for sawn lumber and Cross Laminated Timber....
April 25, 2018
The Government of Japan revised the national liquor tax law in 2017.
April 25, 2018
On April 17, 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a revision to its biofuel policy that creates a market opportunity for up to 366 million liters....
April 24, 2018
High prices for Japanese table rice led to Japan’s full utilization of the simultaneous buy and sell quota (100,000 MT) in Japanese fiscal year 2017, and are expected to lead to continued....
April 23, 2018
On March 15, 2018, Japan notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will apply the organic Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS) to foods that contain ingredients of animal origin....
April 19, 2018
The Japanese food processing industry is one of the worlds’ most advanced and sophisticated, with yearly output valued at over $200 billion.
April 18, 2018
A free trade agreement (FTA) between Japan and several countries comprising the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)....
April 4, 2018
On April 1, 2018, Japan’s duty on U.S. frozen beef reverted to 38.5 percent as the special safeguard system reset for the new Japanese fiscal year.
April 4, 2018
Steady economic growth in Japan is forecast to contribute to moderate growth in vegetable oil production and consumption in marketing years 2017/18 and 2018/19.
March 28, 2018
High prices for Japanese table rice led to Japan’s full utilization of the simultaneous buy and sell quota (100,000 MT), and are expected to lead to continued opportunities in the coming year.
March 23, 2018
On March 14, 2018, Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency held its tenth, and final, Expert Committee panel discussion for the review of Japan’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling requirements.
March 7, 2018
The Consumer Affairs Agency’s expert committee is expected to conclude its review of Japan’s labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods at the end of March 2018.
February 28, 2018
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has issued a proposed revision of tofu specifications and standards, which would allow the packaging of tofu for storage at room temperature.
February 21, 2018
Japanese beef and pork production remained flat in 2017 as slightly heavier carcass weights offset lower slaughter numbers. Total imports of U.S. beef reached a 14-year high...
February 20, 2018
Japan’s free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and the soon-to-be-signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will reduce tariffs....
February 13, 2018
The Government of Japan’s 2017 supplementary budget provides the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) with an additional 317 billion Japanese yen (US$ 2.9 billion) for support....
February 5, 2018
On January 26, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced its intention to import 13,000 metric tons (MT) of butter and 27,000 MT of non-fat dry milk (NFDM) by March 2019.
February 5, 2018
On December 5, 2017, the Government of Japan (GOJ) ratified the “Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplemental Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biodiversity”....

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