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Yutsai Huang Director, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center   For several decades now, Japan government’s mandatory quota-based program called “gentan” (減反)or paddy reduction, has been designed to keep rice prices artificially high. Critics say the program has long...
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Yoshihisa Godo Professor, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan   In Japan, the Agricultural Commission is a unique administrative organization system that manages various agricultural land issues at the local level. In spite of its importance, only a few English-language studies have...
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Chan-Ik Chun Agricultural Economist of FFTC   The Japanese government said on November 26 it will terminate the decades-old “gentan (減反)” rice production adjustment system (rice production quota system) as early as fiscal 2018. Japan has begun the policy since 1970. The decision...
Country: Japan Topic: Agriculture
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Yutsai Huang, Ph.D. Director, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center   School lunches were extended to all elementary schools in Japan in 1952, and with the enactment of the school lunch law, to junior high schools in 1954. Today, 99% of elementary school students and 82% of junior high...
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Tsuneo Kuwagata, Mayumi Yoshimoto, Yasushi Ishigooka, Toshihiro Hasegawa, and Motoki Nishimori National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan E-mail: kuwa@affrc.go.jp   Rice productivity and quality in Japan is being impacted by global warming and climate...
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