Japan: Farm ministry to launch bureau to boost Japan's food exports

Date: 2020.10.15

Japan plans to set up a new bureau next year in an effort to significantly increase the country's exports of agricultural products, according to farm minister Kotaro Nogami.

With the launch of what is tentatively called the Export and International Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan aims to boost farm exports to 5 trillion yen ($47 billion) by 2030 from 912.1 billion yen in 2019, according to ministry officials.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is putting an emphasis on farm exports as a way to revitalize regional economies.

As part of the planned revamp of the ministry, the new bureau will be created by bringing together the International Affairs Department under the minister's Secretariat and export-related divisions of the Food Industry Affairs Bureau, the officials said.

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