• Kyodo News


Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Shigeru Ishiba asked his advisory body Tuesday to draft a new farm policy focusing on a proposed review of the long-standing practice of curtailing rice output to maintain prices.

The government has encouraged farmers since 1971 to reduce rice acreage, providing subsidies as a way of preventing surplus rice inventories from leading to a price fall.

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