GMO news related to Japan

02.01.2017

Japan: Stricter labeling mulled for genetically modified food

The government is considering expanding the scope of mandatory labeling of ingredients containing genetically modified crops from the current 33 food items, according to sources in the Consumer Affairs Agency.

Imports have been increasing in Japan of genetically modified crops and food products containing them.

In 2015, 11.8 million tons of corn and 2.33 million tons of soy were imported from the United States, and over 90 percent of it was believed to be genetically modified, according to the agriculture ministry.

The government plans to convene a panel of experts on the matter, including people from the food industry and consumer groups, in the next fiscal year, the agency sources said.

17.08.2016

Japan, South Korea block certain US wheat varieties over GMO concerns

Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday.

17.08.2016

Japan, South Korea block certain US wheat varieties over GMO concerns

Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday.

18.05.2016

Information about GMO-Free Zones in Japan is updated.

GMO-free zone national exchange conference held in Sendai.

Consumers Union of Japan
Consumers Union of Japan

02.02.2016

Japan: Petition Campaign for Better Labelling of Genetically Modified Food

Consumers Union of Japan, the No! GMO Campaign and Food Safety Citizen’s Watch will hold an event in the Japanese Parliament to present the results so far of our petition campaign to collect signatures for better labelling of genetically modified food. The event will be an opportunity to discuss GM food in light of the new realities presented by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that may soon be signed by 12 countries, including Japan. The TPP agreement also deals with cross-border trade barriers, and could mean that other countries or corporations may challenge Japan’s food labelling laws.

28.12.2015

Japan: J-OIL MILLS, INC mistakenly contaminated NON-GMO feed

J-OIL MILLS, INC. in Japan sold NON-GMO soymeal imported from US mixed with GMO soymeal produced in China as NON-GMO

30.11.2015

Japan: TPP could land genetically modified salmon on Japanese dinner tables

In the classic “rakugo” comic story ”Yakan” (kettle), a retired old man who pretends to know everything answers questions posed by a friend about the origins of the names of various things, including fish.

22.01.2015

Sustainable farming systems in Bangladesh and Japan receive global recognition

Four new sites designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems for innovation, sustainability and adaptability

15/12/2015 Rome, Italy

Four traditional farming systems in Bangladesh and Japan have been designated today by FAO as "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems."

They include Bangladesh's floating gardens, a unique hydroponics production system constructed with natural grasses and plants, which have been developed in flood areas; and a trio of sites in Japan: the sustainable river fisheries utilizing Sato-kawa system in Gifu, the Minabe-Tanabe Ume approach to growing apricots on nutrient-poor slopes in Wakayama; and the Takachihogo-Shiibayama mountainous agriculture and forestry system in Miyazaki which allows agricultural and forestry production in a steep mountainous area.

The sites were officially recognized during a joint meeting of the GIAHS Steering and Scientific Committee at FAO headquarters in Rome.

These new designations bring the number of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) systems to a total of 36 sites located in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, Near East and Asia.

08.09.2014

CBD: Civil society organizations in Japan are calling for strong measures against GM crops contamination

Japanese consumers´ groups meet the Japanese government to discuss the upcoming UN conference about biological diversity. Consumers Union of Japan and the many groups and networks that follow these issues will ask questions to the government and elected representatives in the Parliament (Diet) that also care strongly about these issues. The goups will participate the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in South Korea this fall. Leading up to that conference, they hope this event will be a fruitful discussion about Japan’s lack of progress to ratify the Nagoya Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol, that was agreed upon in Nagoya fours years ago at the UN CBD conference held in that city (after very successful negotiations held in Kuala Lumpur, thus the joint name). The aim of the protocol is to aid countries in the case of disputes when there is a need to assess the liability and redress, if genetically modified organisms cause harm to the natural environment or human health. Japan has also made little progress to address the problems with wild-growing genetically modified canola near harbours and food oil factories over the past 10 years. These GM crops pose a real risk to local biological diversity as a number of related food crops may be contaminated with GMOs. Meanwhile, Japanese farmers have completely rejected genetically modified organisms. There is no cultivation of GMOs in Japan for commercial purposes.

12.02.2014

Japan: First trial breeding of genetically modified silkworms to start

Fluorescent silk kimono could soon be the rage of the Japanese fashion world. Researchers from the government-affiliated National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, announced they have produced green fluorescent silk by genetically modifying silkworms.