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03 January 2013
View news from Japan Japanese Beef Imports down 15 per cent in November
JAPAN - Import figures for November 2012 are down 15 per cent year on year at 40,727 tonnes swt of beef, data released by Japan's Ministry of Finance has stated....
14 December 2012
View news from Japan Beef Consumption Improves in Japan
JAPAN - Japan consumed 79,595 tonnes (boneless equivalent) of beef during October, up four per cent year-on-year and the highest monthly volume since December 2011 according to supply and demand data by the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation...
22 November 2012
View news from Japan Japan Starts Hearing on BSE Measures
JAPAN - The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan has commenced the formal process of receiving comments from the Japanese public on BSE counter-measures (both domestic and imports)....
24 October 2012
View news from Japan Japan Looks to Increase Age Limit on US Beef Imports to 30 Months
JAPAN - Japan’s Food Safety Commission recommended that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) change the country’s age limit on US beef imports in a recent risk assessment. As Asia’s largest beef importer, this decision has the potential...
11 October 2012
View news from Japan US Beef Prices Could Limit Japanese Imports
JAPAN & US - The combination of the historically low number of US cattle and soaring grain prices (especially corn) that were caused by the severe 2012 drought in the United States, now appear to be affecting the prospects for Japan’s 2013 beef import...
08 October 2012
View news from Japan Japanese Beef Imports Lift 22 Per Cent
JAPAN - Japan imported 57,315 tonnes swt of beef during August, the highest monthly volume since July 2005....
21 September 2012
View news from Japan Japan Eyes Beef Export Opportunities
JAPAN - With their own domestic demand for high value Wagyu beef suffering due to sluggish consumer demand, Japanese processors have been exploring opportunities in various overseas markets, including the Middle East, according to Meat and Livestock Australia....
11 September 2012
View news from Japan Japan Proposes to Lift Age on US Beef Imports
US - Japan’s Prion Expert Investigation Committee finalised their risk assessment report on 5 September, supporting alterations to the import protocols for US beef....
06 September 2012
View news from Japan Value of US Beef to Japan Rises
JAPAN - Japan imported 50,303 tonnes swt of beef in July, with shipments from the US increasing in both volume (up 18 per cent year-on-year) and value (up 38 per cent), according to data released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance. ...
05 September 2012
View news from Japan Beef Prices Reflect Deflation in Japan
JAPAN - The average value of beef purchased by Japanese households during July 2012 declined by 1.1 per cent year-on-year, to 262.5 yen/100grams, while purchase volumes increased 2.6 per cent to 522 grams, according to data released by Japan’s Ministry...
02 August 2012
View news from Japan Frozen Beef Imports Underpin Volumes in Japan
JAPAN - Japan imported 46,502 tonnes swt of beef in June, up 30 per cent compared with low volumes last year, when importers cut back to avoid triggering the safeguard for frozen beef (data released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance), reports Meat and...
26 July 2012
View news from Japan Japanese Cattle Herd in Decline
JAPAN - High feed costs and subdued carcase prices, combined with food safety concerns, continue to impact the Japanese cattle industry, with herd numbers falling 1.6 per cent year-on-year, to 4.13 million head as at 30 June 2012 (Japan’s National Livestock...
06 July 2012
View news from Japan No More Beef Liver Sashimi in Japan
JAPAN - In the Japanese foodservice sector, it became illegal from this week to serve raw beef liver at restaurants in Japan, reports Meat and Livestock Australia. ...
03 July 2012
View news from Japan Beef Imports into Japan Pick Up in May
JAPAN - Japan imported 42,206 tonnes swt of beef in May, up five per cent from last year and the highest May volume since 2007. The growth was largely underpinned by additional US product, but also lower imports volumes during the previous two months,...
08 June 2012
View news from Japan Japanese Consumers A-Twitter over US Beef
JAPAN - While Americans are being cautioned not to text while they drive, or even while they walk, Japanese diners are being encouraged to “Tweet While You Eat” to share their excitement about US beef. ...
04 June 2012
View news from Japan Japanese Beef Imports Fall in April
JAPAN - Japanese beef imports during April declined 23 per cent year-on-year, to 37,147 tonnes swt – the lowest April volume since 2002....
28 May 2012
View news from Japan Japan Lifts Five-Month Ban on US Packer
JAPAN - Japan has lifted a beef import ban on shipments from a US beef packer, whose consignment in December had included one box of bone-in striploins containing Specified Risk Material (SRM)....
25 May 2012
View news from Japan Beef Cattle Farms Surveyed in Japan
JAPAN - The Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation of Japan (ALIC) have released survey outcomes on beef cattle farms, with specific focus on larger scale operations (with cattle numbers greater than 200 head) during the during the Japanese...
11 May 2012
View news from Japan Beef Consumption in Japan up Nine Per Cent
JAPAN - In the Japanese market this week, the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation released beef consumption figures for March – which showed a nine per cent year-on-year increase, to 74,309 tonnes (boneless equivalent), reports Meat and...
27 April 2012
View news from Japan Japan Remains Composed but Vigilant on BSE Issue
JAPAN - In the Japanese wholesale market this week interest in US beef was reportedly steady, with supermarkets and restaurants in Japan continuing to sell the US beef, despite the recent announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture of...
01 February 2012
View news from Japan Japan's Beef Imports up 4% in 2011
JAPAN - In 2011, Japan’s imports of beef increased by four per cent year-on-year to 517,231 tonnes swt, despite the prolonged slow economy, the March 2011 natural disaster, and a series of beef safety incidents in the market, reports Meat and Livestock...
19 January 2012
View news from Japan Japanese Domestic Beef Stocks Rise in November
JAPAN - The consumption of Japanese domestic beef improved during November 2011, increasing four per cent year-on-year, according to data released by the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation of Japan, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)....
29 November 2011
View news from Japan Wheat Imports Increase As Corn Prices Rise
JAPAN - Japan, the world's largest corn buyer, may cut back on buying corn as feed and instead turn to wheat. Wheat imports almost quadrupled this year to the highest level since 2001, as livestock producers seek to cut costs....
11 November 2011
View news from Japan Imported Beef Stocks Still Higher Than A Year Ago
JAPAN - Imported beef stocks in Japan at the end of September fell from very high levels in August, but remained four per cent higher than a year ago at 84,012 tonnes swt (data from Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation), reports...
07 November 2011
View news from Japan Japan Increases Imports Of US Beef
JAPAN - Japanese beef imports remain strong to date in 2011, with the USA in particular increasing shipments, according to Mark Zieg from the Meat Division of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board....
03 November 2011
View news from Japan Japan Raises Meat Import Restrictions
JAPAN - Japan has lifted its ban on poultry imports from Nebraska in the US. ...
02 November 2011
View news from Japan Beef Imports Into Japan Down 15 Per Cent
JAPAN - Sufficient frozen beef stocks seem to have slowed the volume of beef imports into Japan during September, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)....
14 October 2011
View news from Japan Frozen Beef Stocks Remain High In Japan
JAPAN - In the Japanese market, imported frozen beef stocks during August increased from the previous month, and were up 20 per cent year-on-year, at 78,941 tonnes (boneless equivalent) - the highest since November 2002, reports Meat and Livestock Australia...
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