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MAFF UPDATE No.697 (Published on JULY 4, 2008)


Number 697
JULY 4, 2008

A weekly update of news from the Japanese
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
International Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Kasumigaseki 1-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
Fax: 81-3-3502-8084
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Editor: Yoshiyuki Ohtani

Session of the Subcommittee of the JAS Council to be Held

MAFF will hold a session of the Subcommittee of the Council for Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) at 2:00 p.m. on July 22nd, 2008. The session will be held in the Dai-2-Tokubetsu Meeting Room at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (the fourth floor, door #467). The session will consider the Japanese Agricultural Standards to be established for Processed food distributed under controlled temperatures (tentative name).
Those who wish to listen to the discussion or make comments at the session are asked to apply, in Japanese, either by fax or mail. Please indicate the name, address, membership (such as organization, company) and telephone number (and fax number if available) of the applicant, and whether you wish to make comments or just listen to the discussion. Please note that applications by telephone will not be accepted.
If you are applying by mail, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope (a double postal card is also available). One application per applicant is required. All applications, whether by fax or mail, must be received no later than 5 p.m. on July 14th, 2008. If you wish to be accompanied by an interpreter or a disability assistance dog (i.e. guide dog), or if you use a wheelchair, please indicate as such in the applications.
If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the meeting room, attendees will be selected by lot. (Around 35 attendees will be acceptable.)
The session will be conducted entirely in Japanese and no translation will be provided.
Attendees must follow the chairperson's instructions all times during the session. The use of cameras, video recorders, tape recorders, wireless microphones and other such devices are prohibited during the meeting. Attendees are asked to be seated in the meeting room by 1:50 p.m.
Attendees wishing to make comments must submit an abstract, in Japanese, to the chairperson by the prescribed deadline. Attendees may not comment beyond what are said at submitted abstract. Attendees are allowed to make or circulate comments through their agents, with the chairperson's approval.
For further information, please contact the Labeling and Standards Division by telephone at (03) 3502-8111 (4480) or by fax at (03) 6744-2369.
The mail should be addressed to the following address:
Labelling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumers Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8950


The following statistics are available from the Statistics Planning Division of the Statistics Department (Tel. 03-6744-2037).

  1. 1. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of May 2008
  2. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, April 2008
  3. Statistical Survey on Poultry Marketing, 2007
  4. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2007 (Statistics on Production Cost of Wheat and Barley)
  5. Summary of survey on collecting and shipment system of fruits, vegetables and flowers
  6. Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, April 2008
  7. Floriculture circulation statistics (April, 2008
  8. Index Numbers of Commodity Price in Agriculture, 2007 (Year 2005 Base)
  9. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of June 2008
  10. Summary of Survey on Movement of Agricultural Structure, 2008
  11. Summary of Survey on Rural communities operating
  12. Harvested Area and Production of Sugar Cane, 2007
  13. Statistics on Meat Marketing, May 2008
  14. Statistics on Lumber, May 2008
  15. Statistics on Plywood, May 2008
  16. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, May 2008
  17. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of June 2008

Reference: Documents in English are available at: http://www.maff.go.jp/esokuhou/index.html

Notes: 1. All materials are in Japanese unless otherwise noted.
   2. Contacts may not be able to respond to inquiries in any language except Japanese.


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