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13 June 2014
View news from Japan Japan’s Beef Inventories Up 23 Per Cent
JAPAN – Beef inventories have strengthened in Japan this spring, according to the latest supply and demand data by the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC)....
22 May 2014
View news from Japan Japanese Cattle Numbers Falling
JAPAN – Japan’s cattle population contracted by 2.5 per cent last year as a range of factors combined to put pressure on farms....
05 May 2014
View news from Japan US Beef Imports to Japan Up
JAPAN - Japan custom-cleared 36,847 tonnes of beef in March, down nine per cent year-on-year, with a large decline in imports of Australian frozen beef partially offset by a surge in US shortplate volumes according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Finance....
11 April 2014
View news from Japan Australian Beef Exports to Japan Ease in March
JAPAN - The improved US beef access since February 2013 has been impacting Australian trade with Japan, which continued to be the case during March, according to Meat and Livestock Australia....
12 February 2014
View news from Japan Japan Increases Wagyu Beef Exports
JAPAN - Japan exported 909 tonnes of beef in 2013, up 5.3 per cent from the previous year and the highest annual total on record according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Finance....
11 November 2013
View news from Japan Message of European Food Quality Heads to Japanese and Koreans
JAPAN – The quality of European agricultural products is being promoted by EU Commission visits to Japan and South Korea this week....
03 June 2013
View news from Japan Japan Monitors Beef Import Volumes
JAPAN - Japan’s beef imports for April are forecast to reach 18,800 tonnes for chilled up by 11 per cent year-on-year and 23,100 tonnes up by 14 per cent for frozen beef, according to the Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation of Japan. ...
24 April 2013
View news from Japan USMEF Chief Hails Trade Developments As Success So Far
US - The importance of the US - Japanese economic relationship, particularly as it relates to U.S. agriculture and red meat exports, was highlighted by US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng in an address before a packed media...
22 April 2013
View news from Japan NFU Hails WFO Trade Policy Adoption
JAPAN - National Farmers Union (NFU) is applauding the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) for adopting its first policy on international trade. The historic policy was adopted during the WFO’s third General Assembly in Niigata, Japan this week....
08 March 2013
View news from Japan Canadian Ag Minister Promotes Trade in Japan
JAPAN - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz concluded his fourth successful trade mission to Japan where he promoted world-class Canadian food and agriculture. ...
28 January 2013
View news from Japan Japan Agrees to Further Open Market to US Beef
ANALYSIS – Japan and the United States have agreed on a new deal which should pave the way for expanded exports of US beef and beef products to Japan, writes Sarah Mikesell, TheCattleSite senior editor....
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)....
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