May 27, 2015

Health ministry to ban restaurants from serving raw pork

The central government will ban restaurants from serving raw pork starting in mid-June, following a similar ban in 2012 on beef liver, the health ministry said Wednesday. Restaurants have increasingly turned to pork after the ban on raw beef liver. The ministry said it ...

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan


Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...

Feb 7, 2015

Yoshinoya opens its first 'gyudon' restaurant in Vietnam

Yoshinoya Holdings Co. has opened its first “gyudon” (beef-on-rice) restaurant in Vietnam, at a shopping center in Ho Chi Minh City. Yoshinoya opened the outlet Wednesday on the second floor of Aeon Mall Tan Phu Celadon, which is run by major Japanese retailer Aeon ...

Jan 30, 2015

Japan TPP offer chops beef tariffs to 9% over 15 years

Japan has proposed during negotiations with the United States to slash its 38.5 percent tariff in imported beef to 9 percent over 15 years under an envisioned Pacific Rim free trade deal, negotiation sources said Thursday. Tokyo also called for a safeguard measure that ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Nov 11, 2014

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Japanese meat industry officials held an event in Brussels on Monday to promote Japanese “wagyu” beef in Europe. With exports of wagyu from Japan to the European Union starting last June, the officials are hoping the event will enhance consumer and industry recognition of ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only “very limited” progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo’s proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. “We were not able to make as much ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan mulls applying same tariffs to beef imports from all TPP nations

Japan is mulling applying the same beef tariff rates to all 11 other negotiating member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the United States, sources familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Tokyo had considered allowing lower tariffs only for beef imports from the United ...