Japan Aims to Double "Wagyu" Beef Output by FY 2035

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--The government adopted on Tuesday a new program to consolidate the foundation of Japan's agriculture, particularly seeking to double "wagyu" beef production to 300,000 tons by fiscal 2035.

Demand from the United States for the marbling beef is expected to grow, after a low-tariff quota for Japanese beef exports to the country is increased from 200 tons to some 65,000 tons when the Japan-U.S. trade agreement takes effect on Jan. 1.

In addition, Japan may need to meet robust demand from China, as Beijing is expected to lift a ban on Japanese beef imports it imposed following the outbreak of mad cow disease in Japan in 2001.

The government has found it necessary to boost wagyu production before cattle farmers get too old amid the aging of the country's farming population, people familiar with the matter said.

To this end, the government will provide subsidies to farmers newly raising breeding cattle and promote production of more fertilized eggs under the program, compiled by a task force headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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