Aug 19, 2014

Fukushima exports first batch of rice since meltdowns to Singapore

Exports of Fukushima-grown rice have resumed after being suspended by the nuclear crisis in March 2011 amid soaring concerns about radiation contamination, a national agricultural cooperative said Monday. A shipment of 300 kg of Koshihikari brand rice produced in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, has arrived ...

Aug 16, 2014

Japanese in 20s prefer rice to bread for breakfast: survey

More than half of Japanese in their 20s prefer to eat rice for breakfast instead of bread, as they say it makes them feel full for a longer period, an online survey by the governing body of the nation’s agricultural cooperatives showed Saturday. The ...

Jul 18, 2014

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: U.N.

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the U.N. said Thursday. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the top global decision-making body for food standards, issued ...

Jun 14, 2014

Rice: 'Get away from us. We are like poison'

by Roger Pulvers

Sachiko the nurse reads the diary of Haruko Harrison’s mother Toshimitsu is back from his second trip to Japan since we emigrated. He sold the last of our family treasures in Japan in order to finance expansion of the farm, which we have been ...

Apr 17, 2014

U.S. agrees to let Japanese tariffs stand on rice, wheat

The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat, government sources said Thursday during bilateral talks related to the wider Pacific free trade negotiations. In return, Washington demanded Tokyo introduce a system to increase U.S. rice imports, which ...

Apr 2, 2014

Abe, Obama aiming for TPP deal by month-end

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed last week to aim at reaching a broad accord in talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations by the time the two leaders meet in late April, sources said Wednesday. They ...