Archives for the 'Food' Category

Bhutan Aiming for 100% Organic Agriculture by 2020

Rice paddy field management without herbicides made possible by Japanese aid By Koa Tasaka (CUJ co-chair and Asian Rural Institute director) Bhutan, the nation of happiness Recently, I have been engaged in a grass root technological cooperation project for organic … Read More

Posted October 5th, 2016 in Organic Agriculture/Food

Event: Petition Campaign for GM Labelling

Close the loopholes! Japan's mandatory GM food labels do not cover products like food oil, margarine, and food additives.

How can we avoid eating genetically modified (GM) foods? Our petition campaign which started in 2015 has generated a lot of interest all over Japan, and we are collecting more and more signatures from people telling us that they strongly … Read More

Posted August 31st, 2016 in Biotechnology, TPP

Supporting Japanese Non-GM Soybeans

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Consumers Union of Japan and the No! GMO Campaign are working together to support Japanese farmers who want to grow more soybeans for domestic consumption. On February 23, 2016, the 18th annual meeting of the Soybean Trust Movement was held … Read More

Posted February 24th, 2016 in Food Security, Organic Agriculture/Food

Event: 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 … Read More

Posted January 20th, 2016 in Biotechnology, TPP

Tsukiji Fish Market: Concerns About New Location

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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!

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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

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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

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