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MAFF UPDATE No.703 (Published on SEPTEMBER 12, 2008)

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Number 703
SEPTEMBER 12, 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: 81-3-5512-7652
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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 October 3rd, 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 consists of two parts and will consider the following:
 

  1. First part (Start at 2:00 p.m.)
    Japanese Agricultural Standards to be revised for:
    a. Refined lard, 
    b. Processed tomato products.

    Quality Labeling Standards to be revised for:
    a. Refined lard, 
    b. Processed tomato products.
     
  2. Second part (Scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.)
    Japanese agricultural standards to be established for,
    Processed food distributed under controlled temperatures (tentative name).


Committee members for the first part will be replaced with those for the second part during a short intermission between the two parts. Those who wish to listen to the discussion are asked to apply by indicating which part you wish to listen to; “First part only”, “Second part only”, “both parts”.
 
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 envelop(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 September 25th, 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:
Labeling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumers Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8950

Subcommittee of the JAS Council:
http://www.maff.go.jp/j/jas/kaigi/bukai.html

 

STATISTICS

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

 

  1. Statistics on Lumber, July 2008.
  2. Statistics on Plywood, July 2008.
  3. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, July 2008.
  4. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of August 2008.
  5. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy (2007 Management Statistics by Farming Type, Individual management(the average of Paddy Field and Upland Field full-time farmer) )
  6. Index Numbers of Commodity Prices in Agriculture, July 2008.
  7. Statistics on Chicks Hatched, July 2008.
  8. Prices of Lumber, August 2008.
  9. Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, July 2008.
  10. Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, July 2008.
  11. Production Survey on First Tea, 2008(Main Producing Prefectures).
  12. Production and Shipment of Pineapples, 2007 (Okinawa only)
  13. Summary of Statistical Survey on Food Waste, 2007 (The General Household Survey).
  14. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of August 2008.
  15. Floriculture circulation statistics(July, 2008)
  16. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy,2007.(Statistics on Production Cost of Rice)
  17. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, July 2008.

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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