Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Mar 5, 2014

Agriculture minister expects structural reforms to diminish JA presence

Structural reform will diminish the presence of the Japan agricultural cooperatives group, known as JA, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi said in a recent interview. “Demand for agricultural cooperatives, which have played a key role in the Japanese farming industry, will ...

Japan may bring S. Korea fish import ban to WTO

Sep 17, 2013

Japan may bring S. Korea fish import ban to WTO

The government is considering filing a suit with the World Trade Organization against South Korea’s all-out import ban on fisheries products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures, which was put into place following leaks of radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. ...

Japan will never stop whaling: fisheries chief

Feb 28, 2013

Japan will never stop whaling: fisheries chief

by Harumi Ozawa

Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Japan will never stop hunting whales despite fierce criticism from other nations and violent clashes at sea with militant conservationists. “I don’t think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan,” he said Tuesday. Hayashi, ...