Japan weighs plans to issue new licenses to export sake

Business Nov 27, 2019

Japan weighs plans to issue new licenses to export sake

The government and ruling bloc are discussing plans to allow the issuing of new licenses for the production of sake meant for export amid the growing popularity of the drink overseas, according to informed sources. New entries are effectively not allowed at present, but the ...

China moves closer to resuming imports of Japanese beef

Business Nov 25, 2019

China moves closer to resuming imports of Japanese beef

Tokyo and Beijing have concluded an agreement on animal health and quarantine, taking a key step toward the resumption of Japanese beef exports to China that have been halted since 2001. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, welcomed the agreement at ...

Slumping vehicle sales hit employment in Japan's auto sector

Business Nov 22, 2019

Slumping vehicle sales hit employment in Japan's auto sector

Slumping vehicle sales are starting to take a toll on the employment situation in the automotive industry. Since Nov. 8, Mazda Motor Corp. has stopped soliciting new workers on fixed-term contracts at its head office plants in Hiroshima Prefecture, which mainly manufacture finished vehicles, and ...

Japan's beef exports to China likely to resume next year

Business Nov 21, 2019

Japan's beef exports to China likely to resume next year

Japan is in the final stage of talks with China to resume exports of beef to the world's most populous market for the first time in about two decades, government sources said Thursday. Tokyo is hoping the exports will be resumed next year, the sources ...

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

Business Nov 21, 2019

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

While a South Korean consumer boycott of Japanese products continues in the wake of a prolonged dispute over wartime history and trade, economists say Japan has already seen the worst of its economic repercussions. Concerns had grown among businesses as moves to shun Japanese brands ...

Japan passes bill to promote farm exports under new body

Business Nov 20, 2019

Japan passes bill to promote farm exports under new body

The Diet passed a bill Wednesday to promote the country's agricultural exports through the creation of a single body that will handle farm export procedures and talks with trade partners over easing import restrictions. Under the new law, which takes effect April 1, the body ...