New Body to Lead Japan's Efforts to Expand Farm Exports

Politics

Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided to launch a new organization to spearhead its efforts to expand exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products as well as food, it was learned on Tuesday.

The government plans to concentrate export-related operations in the new body, to be set up under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, with the aim of promoting related domestic measures and negotiations with other countries, officials said.

"We need to address promptly situations in which slow government action hampers exports," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a meeting of relevant cabinet ministers on Tuesday.

While the growing popularity of "washoku" traditional Japanese cuisine around the world is a tailwind for Japan's farm exports, government ministries and agencies are not necessarily working in a coordinated manner to boost the exports, observers said.

Over beef exports to Europe and the United States, for instance, the health ministry's work to certify beef plants tends to be delayed as the ministry prioritizes ensuring the safety of beef over promoting exports, they said.

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