Editorials Aug 20, 2019

Japan's falling food self-sufficiency

The government needs to review whether food self-sufficiency should be maintained as a key yardstick in its agriculture policy — and if so, what should be the practical level necessary to secure the nation's food supply.

National Aug 2, 2016

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate misses target again

The nation's food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie intake basis was 39 percent in fiscal 2015 for the sixth year in a row, falling short of the government target of 45 percent, the farm ministry said Tuesday. In the year through March, the self-sufficiency rate ...

Japan needs imports to keep itself fed

Reference | EXPLAINER Feb 26, 2008

Japan needs imports to keep itself fed

by Kazuaki Nagata

After a spate of food mislabeling frauds and the recent scare over pesticide-laced "gyoza" dumplings imported from China, consumers are perhaps more conscious than ever of the origin of what they eat. Many routinely check the origins of the foods they buy, especially imported ...