The future of rice farming in Japan

Jan 29, 2016

The future of rice farming in Japan

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Rice has been at the center of Japan’s economy and culture for centuries. But changes are afoot. There is growing concern among Japanese farmers that the country’s rice-producing capabilities are diminishing in the face of international trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In ...

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Jan 8, 2016

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Rice remains a Japanese staple but per-head consumption has fallen consistently for more than half a century as diets have diversified. Since the end of World War II, the dinner table has undergone significant changes in Japan. In the aftermath of the war, many ...

Nov 1, 2015

U.S. rice group urges Japan to open retail market

The USA Rice Federation, in a report submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, effectively called on Japan to open its retail rice market to U.S. imports. While noting that market access for rice identified as U.S. origin in Japan is “limited ...

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Oct 11, 2015

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Hiroshi Moriyama, the new farm minister, stressed in a recent interview that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will provide Japanese farmers with opportunities to boost sales in overseas markets. “We’ve secured tariff cuts and elimination for beef, rice, tea and fishery products” from other countries ...

Oct 7, 2015

Rice growers view TPP with mixed emotions

Japanese rice farmers have expressed mixed reactions to a broad Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord that, among other things, would increase imports of foreign rice. Toru Wakui, 67, head of an association of Akitakomachi brand rice farmers in the village of Ogata, Akita Prefecture, ...

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate fails to meet lowered 45% target

Aug 7, 2015

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate fails to meet lowered 45% target

Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate was 39 percent in fiscal 2014 for the fifth consecutive year, failing to meet the lowered government target of 45 percent, farm ministry data showed Friday. In the year through March, the food self-sufficiency rate remained unchanged from recent years ...

| Aug 3, 2015

Let's discuss rice and the TPP

Japan is proposing to set a 70,000-ton tariff-free import quota for U.S. rice in bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement, in return for maintaining a high tariff on the country's staple food.