Archives for the 'Food' Category

Tsukiji Fish Market: Concerns About New Location


The famous fish market in Tsukiji, Tokyo will move to a new location. Doubts remain about the safety of the Toyosu site, which formerly hosted a large coal plant for making city gas. It has been found to be contaminated … Read More

Posted November 4th, 2015 in Chemical pollution, Food

Consumers Want Better Food Labels!

Japan GM label campaign 2015

Revision of Japan’s Food Labelling System Advances at Snail’s Pace Food labelling in Japan is handled by the Consumer Affairs Agency, but since the enforcement of the Food Labeling Act in April 2015, the agency has been busy with the … Read More

Posted October 21st, 2015 in Food

CUJ Resolutions at the 42nd Annual Meeting in June, 2015

Save the welfare system in Japan

1) We oppose the security bills aimed at changing Japan’s constitution, and urge the government to protect the people’s right to live in peace and safety 70 years after the end of WW2, the Japanese government is introducing a number … Read More

Posted June 28th, 2015 in Civil Rights, Energy, Food, Food Security, FTA, Nuclear, TPP, Trade

“Function Claims” Not The Same As Actual Benefits For Consumers

Fancl has recently been placing full-page ads in newspapers for its Enkin product, with "claims" that it can improve eyesight

Consumers are facing a new range of “function claims” on foods as the government has introduced a novel scheme that allows companies to market foods without any independent review or approval process. The rules for the Food with Functional Claims … Read More

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in Food

GMO Free Zone Meetings

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The No! GMO Campaign and Consumers Union of Japan, together with other groups and NGOs, held the 10th GMO Free Zone meeting in Aso, Kumamoto on March 7, 2015. Over 500 consumers, farmers, scientists and others participated in the successful … Read More

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in Biotechnology

Documentary Film Event: Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy video tokyo consumers union of japan

We will hold an informal viewing of the groundbreaking documentary, Cowspiracy, at the CUJ office on March 11, 2015. The video is in English with Japanese subtitles. Start: 15:00. About the film: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental … Read More

Posted February 20th, 2015 in Food

Symposium & Documentary Film Event: Globalism and the Commercialization of Life

Date: February 7, 2015 (Sat.) Time: 13:30-16:00 Place: Tokyo Toshima Ward Labour Welfare Hall (10 min from JR Ikebukuro st.) Fee: 500 Yen We will screen Eggsploitation, a new documentary film about the infertility industry in the United States, which … Read More

Posted January 21st, 2015 in Biotechnology

GM Canola Contamination Cases In Japan

How to reduce GM contamination cases? Masaharu Kawata, Japan Citizens’ Network for Sustainable Food and Agriculture Side-event presentation at the MOP7 conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea Countries must do more to implement the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on … Read More

Posted October 6th, 2014 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology

Impressions from the MOP7 in Pyeongchang, from the NGO perspective

The Cartagena Protocol is an important tool to deal with transboundary movements of Living Modified Organisms. The MOP7 met in Pyeongchang, South Korea to discuss risk assessment, unintentional or illegal shipments, and how to help countries share information. Also on … Read More

Posted October 6th, 2014 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology

CBD Meeting At The House of Representatives, Tokyo

We will be holding a meeting at The House of Representatives in Nagatacho, Tokyo on Thursday September 4, 2014 to discuss the upcoming UN conference about biological diversity. Consumers Union of Japan and the many groups and networks that follow … Read More

Posted September 3rd, 2014 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology