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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Animal Quarantine
  2. Plant Quarantine
  3. Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)
  4. Japanese Companies importing and exporting agricultural products
  5. Agriculture Skill Assessment Test

1.Animal Quarantine

Q1. How do I obtain information about bringing animal products into Japan from overseas?

Answer:
 Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) provides up-to-date information about bringing animal products into Japan from overseas. AQS also answers related inquiries.
 Outbreaks of domestic animal diseases in other countries mean most meat and other animal products cannot be brought into Japan. Please note that bringing items illegally into Japan will be subject to penalties.

The URL of AQS (import information) is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/product/import.html

The URL for AQS Inquiry forms is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/contactus.html

Q2. How do I obtain information about bringing my pets into or out of Japan?

Answer:
 Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) provides an FAQ about pet import or export and may be helpful.
AQS also answers related inquiries.

The URL of AQS FAQ about pets is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/qanda/index.html

The URL for AQS Inquiry forms is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/contactus.html

Q3. How do I obtain information about taking out animal products from Japan?

Answer:
 Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) provides up-to-date information about taking out animal products from Japan. AQS also answers related inquiries.

The URL of AQS (export information) is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/product/export.html

The URL for AQS Inquiry forms is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/contactus.html

2.Plant Quarantine

Q1. How do I obtain information about bringing plants and plant products into Japan from overseas?

Answer:
 Plant Protection Stations (PPS) provide up-to-date information about bringing plants and plant products into Japan from overseas.
 PPS also answer related inquiries.
 All the plants (and/or plant products) imported into Japan must be cleared by plant quarantine procedures. Your cooperation is requested to help us protect our agriculture as well as our natural resources.
 Please note that bringing items illegally into Japan will be subject to penalties.

The URL of PPS (import information) is as follows:
http://www.pps.go.jp/english/faq/index.html(External link)

The URL for PPS Inquiry forms is as follows:
https://www.contactus.maff.go.jp/j/pps/form/qa_e.html

Q2.How do I obtain information about taking out plants and plant products from Japan?

Answer:
 Plant Protection Stations (PPS) provide up-to-date information about taking out plants and plant products from Japan.
 PPS also answer related inquiries.

The URL of PPS (export information) is as follows:
http://www.pps.go.jp/english/faq/index.html(External link)

The URL for PPS Inquiry forms is as follows:
https://www.contactus.maff.go.jp/j/pps/form/qa_e.html

3.Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)

Q1. How do I obtain information about applying JAS or Organic JAS to my products?

Answer:
 Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Office, Food Manufacture Affairs Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau provides up-to-date information about JAS, Organic JAS and so on.

The URL of JAS information website is as follows:
https://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/standard/jas/index.html

Q2. How do I label our products with JAS or Organic JAS marks?

Answer:
 You may label your products with JAS marks when business entities such as producers and manufacturers are certified by accredited Japanese or overseas certification bodies. Both domestic business entities in Japan and those overseas can be certified.
 The accredited certification bodies are listed on the website below. Please contact the certification authority for more details.

<JAS>
https://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/standard/jas/system.html

<Organic JAS (overseas)>
https://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/standard/jas/specific/organic.html

4.Japanese Companies importing and exporting agricultural products

Q1. How do I obtain information on Japanese Companies importing and exporting agricultural products?

Answer:
 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) provides information on Japanese economic trends, trade, industry, technology, market developments, and business practices. JETRO also introduces Japanese companies to foreign companies interested in trading with Japan.
 
The URL of JETRO is as follows:
https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/ (External link)

 JETRO has a domestic and global network of offices. Please find your nearest JETRO office via the "JETRO Worldwide” site.

The URL is as follows:
https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/jetro/worldwide/(External link)

5. Agriculture Skill Assessment Test

Q1. How do I obtain information on the Agriculture Skill Assessment Test?

Answer:
 National Chamber of Agriculture (NCA) conducts the Agriculture Skill Assessment Test in FY2019 for foreigners to check and evaluate their knowledge and skills on agriculture, etc. before they enter Japan.
Passing the exam does not guarantee a job in Japan.

If you are interested in the test, please see the following website:
http://asat-nca.jp/en/ (External link)

You can also see a leaflet of this test in the Philippines as a reference:
http://asat-nca.jp/en/exam/ (External link)