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MAFF UPDATE No.713 (Published on FEBRUARY 27, 2009)



Number 713
FEBRUARY 27, 2009

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
Contact MAFF
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 March 16th, 2009. The session will be held in the large meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Sanbancho-Kyouyou-Kaigisyo (2-1-5, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). The session will consider the following issues:

  1. The Japanese Agricultural Standards to be revised for:
      a. Soy sauce (shoyu),
      b. Organic agricultural plants, and
      c. Raw silk.
  2. The Quality Labeling Standard to be revised for Soy sauce (syoyu).

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 an 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 March 6th, 2009. 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 keep quiet and follow the instruction of chairperson and staffs of secretariat all times during the session. Otherwise, attendees may be asked to go out of the meeting room. 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. Entrance/exit to and from the meeting room during the session is not allowed except in case of emergency.
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 (ext.4480) / (03)-6744-2096 (dir.) 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:



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


  1. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of February 2009.
  2. Fruiting Area, Production and Shipment of Japanese Pears and Grapes, 2008.
  3. Statistics on Hen Eggs Marketing, July-December 2008.
  4. Production Survey on Tea,2008(Main Producing Prefectures).
  5. Growing Area, Harvested Area and Production of Konnyakuimo, 2008(Main Producing Prefectures).
  6. Statistics on Lumber, January 2009.
  7. Statistics on Plywood, January 2009.
  8. Production of Paddy Field Rice and Upland Rice, 2008.
  9. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of February 2009.
  10. Statistics on Meat Marketing , January 2009.
  11. Forestry Output, 2007.
  12. Index Numbers of Commodity Prices in Agriculture, January 2009.
  13. Statistics on Chicks Hatched, January 2009.
  14. Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, January 2009.
  15. Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, January 2009.
  16. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, January 2009.

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.



International Policy Planning Division
International Affairs Department
TEL: +81-3-3591-9681   FAX: +81-3-5512-7652

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