TOKYO— Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano said Tuesday his ministry has been studying the feasibility of providing subsidies for farmers who sell or lend their land to younger farmers seeking to expand their operations.
TOKYO Kyodo — Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto has instructed his ministry to refrain from claiming the safety of Japanese foods, changing its stance after radiation-contamination beef was found to have been sold to consumers in Japan, sources close to the matter said Sunday.
BANGKOK — Thai authorities decided Thursday to step up measures to prevent radiation-contaminated fresh food from 12 Japanese prefectures in the vicinity of a crippled nuclear plant from being imported, by requiring “radiation certificates.”
TOKYO — Nearly two weeks of rolling blackouts, distribution problems and contamination fears prompted by a leaking, tsunami-damaged nuclear plant have left shelves stripped bare of some basic necessities in stores across Tokyo. Some people are even turning to the city's ubiquitous vending machines to find increasingly scarce bottles of water.
Shino Yuasa and Tomoko A. Hosaka
, April 07, 2011
TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister admitted fault Tuesday in the government’s efforts to contain a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, which is crippling farmers in a southern prefecture known for its prized beef.
TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington.
TOKYO — Washington and Tokyo agreed Thursday to start talking again about American beef, a small but significant step toward relaxing import restrictions that have hindered access to the Japanese market.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack suggested Wednesday that restarting talks on U.S. beef imports, subject to prolonged restrictions because of concerns over mad cow disease, will take priority on his visit to Japan.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is traveling to Japan April 5 to 9 to Japan, says he hopes to make progress on expanding beef exports to Japan by listening to the Japanese more than Bush administration negotiators did.
Continued bans on U.S. pork imports by China, Russia and more than a dozen other counties have baffled government and industry officials, leading some to speculate that the issue is more about market share than health concerns.
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