Signs of hope for Fukushima food producers shut out of overseas markets

Mar 15, 2017

Signs of hope for Fukushima food producers shut out of overseas markets

Import bans on Japan's fishery and agricultural products are still in place for some countries six years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. New markets in Southeast Asia, however, are giving some producers signs of hope, according to industry sources. Safety concerns over Japanese products remain ...

Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

Feb 5, 2017

Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

Japan's imports of foodstuffs, wood products and other commodities affect 792 endangered species in Southeast Asia and around the world, according to a study on the impact of Japanese consumer habits. A cup of coffee using imported beans, for instance, may push leopards in ...

Jan 30, 2015

Japan TPP offer chops beef tariffs to 9% over 15 years

Japan has proposed during negotiations with the United States to slash its 38.5 percent tariff in imported beef to 9 percent over 15 years under an envisioned Pacific Rim free trade deal, negotiation sources said Thursday. Tokyo also called for a safeguard measure that allows ...

/ Aug 8, 2014

Japan logs largest six-month current account deficit ever

Japan logged a current account deficit of ¥507.5 billion in the first half, the biggest for any six-month period on record, government data showed Friday, underscoring its diminishing ability to earn money abroad. It was also the first time since officials started compiling comparable data ...

Apr 4, 2014

Sales of imported vehicles up 12.7%

Sales of new imported vehicles, including those built abroad by Japanese automakers, rose 12.7 percent from the year before to 362,052 units in fiscal 2013, an industry body said Friday. Sales of foreign-brand vehicles soared 22.9 percent to 302,018 units, the second-highest figure since data ...

/ Nov 29, 2013

Weak yen, costly fuel to fuel record trade deficit

Japan is likely to post a record trade deficit in fiscal 2013 because the weaker yen and soaring demand for energy have driven up the cost of importing fossil fuels, according to a projection by a trade business group. The deficit is expected to expand ...