Japan to Set Up Command Base to Promote Farm Exports

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted legislation on Wednesday to set up a command base within the agriculture ministry to work on expanding farm exports at an interagency level.

The legislation to speed up procedures related to exporting such products, which will go into effect on April 1 next year, passed the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, with a majority vote led by the ruling camp.

The command base, to be headed by the agriculture minister, will consist of members including the health, foreign and finance ministers.

The group will create a work process chart on expanding exports and will coordinate operations among government ministries and agencies.

Operations related to exporting farm products, including certifying meat-processing facilities, negotiating with countries that have placed restrictions on Japanese food imports, and issuing export certification, are carried out by individual ministries and agencies.

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