/ Oct 12, 2016

Abe eager to accept agriculture workers from abroad

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed Wednesday his eagerness to start accepting foreign workers for the agriculture sector in Japan. Accepting foreign agriculture workers is “one of the priority issues,” Abe told a Budget Committee meeting of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of ...

Coffee growers face changing climate and tastes

/ Oct 9, 2016

Coffee growers face changing climate and tastes

Three decades ago, Costa Rica outlawed cultivation of the robusta coffee bean in order to promote production of arabica, the variety prized by high-end roasters around the world. Now, however, with warmer temperatures and disease threatening arabica production, the world’s 14th largest coffee producer ...

Sep 9, 2016

Farm chief, Kennedy reaffirm plan to ratify TPP 'at an early date'

Farm minister Yuji Yamamoto and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy have affirmed the readiness of the two countries’ governments to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact “at an early date.” During a courtesy call by the U.S. envoy on Thursday, Agriculture, Forestry and ...

Japan aims to raise food self-sufficiency to 55% by 2050

Sep 3, 2016

Japan aims to raise food self-sufficiency to 55% by 2050

New estimates by the agriculture ministry show that the nation can raise its food self-sufficiency to 55 percent in 2050 from 39 percent now, sources said. The estimates are based on the assumption that Japan will maintain its current farm production while the population ...