Big expansion in food exports eyed


Japan aims to expand exports of farm and marine products 10-fold to the tune of ¥5 trillion a year by 2030, a draft of the government’s revamped growth strategy showed Saturday.

The strategy, to be unveiled later this month, will seek concerted efforts nationwide to promote the exports collectively as “Japan Brand,” the draft said.

The government earlier set a goal of doubling those exports to ¥1 trillion by 2020.

In a related move, the three northeastern prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which took heavy damage from the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami, plan to cooperate with each other in promoting farm and marine exports to offset their slow recoveries, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The revamped growth strategy, known as the “third arrow” of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-fighting “Abenomics” policy based on radical monetary easing and heavy fiscal spending, will aim to improve the image of Japanese food, or “washoku,” to build on the boost it got last year from being registered on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the draft said.

  • itoshima2012

    When will people understand that the government strangely to export food by the way any government strategy, will not work, you can’t plan things like in communist countries…… Farm experts from japan will never “take off”, they’ll cater for a niche market but please, after 16 years in japan, knowing teh agri business well. Don’t talk about trillions of food expert….. I import so much food for the japanese public that this really sounds like a joke to me….

  • Max Erimo

    Any country that can not guarantee the safety of its agricultural(food) products can never expect to be a major agricultural exporter.

    Any product from “the three northeastern prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and
    Fukushima” can not be in god conscience be considered safe. It will be years before the full effects are known and as such best to steer clear of such produce. I carry a map of Japan when I shop for fruit and veg and have marked several prefectures that I consider unsafe.
    Also Japanese produce is expensive. I always find it strange that California oranges are cheaper, or Aussie beef. Imported items should be more expensive as a rule. Japan’s protected uncompetitive industries are holding back the country.

    • itoshima2012

      agree with most of your comments, but there’s a reason why Aussie beef (and American one) are cheaper, it’s a different beef plus the scale of production is totally different. Plus, slaughterhouses and processors in the US emply basically only illegal workers and “use them as oneway” workers. You get also a reasonably cheap Japanese beef but Japanese go anyway more for chicken and that’s very cheap in this country. Japanese beef, the expensive one, is very good, you eat it differently from imported beef because of its high fat content (marbled) so it’s like comparing lobster to Thai farmed (slavelabour – see Guardian investigation) shrimps. Oranges idem, California is a huge producer, can’t compare with japan and Japan because of its climate doesn’t produce a meaningful amount of oranges, it’s big in mandarins (many different varieties) and they’re good quality and cheap – well as long as you don’t live in Kanto or Kansai…. – but yes, Japan as a agri exporter is a total Joke! Japan is a very small country and it’s arable surface is even smaller so one way or another you will have to protect the agri sector from cheap imports or the country will be 100% dependent on imported food and with its crazy neighbors, climate change and oil and fertilizer costs increasing imports have to be kept below 40% to secure a stable inland produced supply even if expensive by international standards. It’s a catch 22 but you can’t open 100% to agri imports it’s not like cars or electronics, you need food to live…. so it has to be secure. Said that, sure cost cuttings can be made, absolutely.

      • itoshima2012

        @jmanngod do your homework, sixty three percent of the U.S. government food subsidies go directly or
        indirectly to subsidize the meat and dairy industries. Plus all the illegals working for a nickel and a dime in the massive slaughter factories…. I prefer expensive Japanese beef, get a job and make some money so that you can afford it or eat chicken. As a European we anyway don’t want American hormone infected Yank beef ;-)