Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Oct 6, 2014

Suffering Japanese rice farmers to get speedier grant payments

Rice farmers struggling with low prices this year are to get help in the form of earlier-than-usual grant payments to those participating in the government’s acreage reduction policy, sources said. The ministry of agriculture intends to disburse the grants of ¥7,500 per 10 ares ...

Dec 12, 2013

Kanagawa considers aid for pro-North Korean schools

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government may institute tuition aid for students attending pro-Pyongyang Korean schools and other non-Japanese schools after assistance for the Korean schools was shelved earlier this year because North Korea conducted a nuclear test. “We would like to ensure opportunities for students ...

Oct 25, 2013

Rice subsidies for big players only?

The Abe administration and ruling bloc are planning to make large-scale farms the only recipients of rice subsidies as a way to improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, officials said Friday. They are considering using rice acreage as ...

Rice production policy up for review

Oct 24, 2013

Rice production policy up for review

The government said Thursday it will rethink the policy of curbing domestic rice production, with a view to abolishing the state-set numerical yield targets and revising the subsidy system that serves to encourage farmers to reduce paddies. The rethink is aimed at making rice ...

Aug 25, 2013

Hot-zone subsidies for retailers in works

The industry ministry will launch a subsidy program in fiscal 2014 to attract retailers to evacuation zones around the radioactive Fukushima No. 1 power plant, sources said. The program is aimed at paving the way for nuclear evacuees to return if and when nuclear ...

Feb 15, 2013

Pro-Pyongyang schools lose subsidy after nuke test

Pro-Pyongyang Korean schools in Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures will not receive a local subsidy for fiscal 2013 in light of North Korea’s nuclear test Tuesday, the governors of the two prefectures said. “It would be difficult to obtain our residents’ understanding over the continuance ...