Aug 31, 2015

Muslim man on hunger strike after immigration gives him pork

The immigration control office in Yokohama erroneously provided a Muslim man in detention with pork, contrary to the dietary doctrine of his religion, prompting him to launch a hunger strike, officials said. The man, who was being detained for deportation procedures, found bacon in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan’s exceptional tariffs ...

Jul 25, 2014

Curbs on pork imports from Mexico to be eased

The government intends to loosen restrictions on pork imports from Mexico, officials said Thursday. Imports of Mexican pork are currently limited to meat from six states in the country, following an outbreak of hog cholera there in 2000. In response to a request from ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. pork industry pressures Japan for TPP concessions

Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said ...

Apr 23, 2014

Japan may pressure U.S. via Canada pork talks

Japan, the world’s largest pork importer, may accelerate tariff talks with Canada to increase pressure on the United States to ease demands for cuts in agricultural protection, the nation’s biggest hog farmers group said. Canada, the largest pork exporter after the United States and ...