Aug 31, 2015

Muslim man on hunger strike after immigration gives him pork

The immigration control office in Yokohama erroneously provided a Muslim man in detention with pork, contrary to the dietary doctrine of his religion, prompting him to launch a hunger strike, officials said. The man, who was being detained for deportation procedures, found bacon in a ...

May 27, 2015

Health ministry to ban restaurants from serving raw pork

The central government will ban restaurants from serving raw pork starting in mid-June, following a similar ban in 2012 on beef liver, the health ministry said Wednesday. Restaurants have increasingly turned to pork after the ban on raw beef liver. The ministry said it would now ...

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

May 11, 2015

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

A pig farm in Shizuoka Prefecture, known as a production hub for high-quality green tea, has come up with a new way of raising branded pork: having its pigs drink tea instead of water. The pigs, named "Tea-ton" (meaning tea pork), have proved popular among ...

/ Feb 2, 2015

Tokyo offers to cut tariffs on U.S. pork in TPP talks, sources say

The Abe administration has proposed sharply cutting Japan's tariff on a certain amount of U.S. pork over a 10-year period in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to sources. The sources also said that Tokyo proposed safeguards during ministerial-level negotiations with Washington in September that ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only "very limited" progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo's proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. "We were not able to make as much progress ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan's exceptional tariffs on ...