Archives for the 'Food' Category

Soaring Cost of Vegetables Won’t End Soon

The soaring cost of vegetables is not about to end. I recently saw cabbage in the supermarket that was cut in quarters sold for 170 Yen, which is an unusually high price. Even at the Agricultural Co-operative store, where vegetables … Read More

Posted January 24th, 2018 in Food, Food Security

”Consumer Rights” v.s. “Consumer Life”

In 1962 for the first time, consumer rights were advocated by President Kennedy in the US. Here in Japan, we had just entered the era when slogans such as “consumption is a virtue” became popular. In 1980, the International Organization … Read More

Posted January 24th, 2018 in Biotechnology, Civil Rights

Who Pays for Genome Editing and Gene Drive Research?

Controversial new genetic engineering technologies are being explored by researchers. Many doubts remain and the critics want a ban or a moratorium, especially on gene editing on human embryos. There is strong concern about letting out animals or insects, like mosquitos, into … Read More

Posted January 17th, 2018 in Biotechnology, CUJ Eco Nico, Japan Resources

Japan Resources – No 169

Please click here CUJ-JR-169 for the latest issue of Japan Resources, our English newsletter. In this issue we introduce our new campaign against genome-manipulated food, part of our strong resistance against GMOs in general. Field trials have started even though … Read More

Posted December 26th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Energy, Food Security, Japan Resources, Nuclear

Food Security: Japan’s Self-sufficiency Rate for Sesame Seed Only 0.1%

One of the main pillars of Consumers Union of Japan is that we care deeply about food safety, which is connected to food security issues. We constantly try to monitor food production and are concerned about how things are developing … Read More

Posted December 24th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Food, Food Security

Is the Consumer Agency in fact the Industry Agency?

Criticism is rising regarding the government’s way of handling the meetings to examine the mandatory labelling of genetically modified organisms and GMO food, held by the Consumer Agency since April, 2017. The opinion of the Agency seems to be stuck … Read More

Posted November 29th, 2017 in Biotechnology, Food

Press Release: Appeal for World Food Day

Our goal is a world with no genetically modified foods and an end to the multinational corporate control of the global food supply October 16 is the World Food Day, as designated by the United Nations. The aim is to … Read More

Posted October 25th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Chemical pollution, Civil Rights, Corporate Responsibility, Food, Food Security, Organic Agriculture/Food

Japan Resources – No 168

Please click here CUJ-JR-168 for the latest issue of Consumer Union of Japan’s English newsletter, Japan Resources (PDF). In this issue we share articles about our recent activities. During the summer, we started a campaign against artificial fragrances, an irritant … Read More

Posted September 27th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Chemical pollution, Food, FTA, Japan Resources, Organic Agriculture/Food, Trade

Consumers in Japan and Europe want Guarantees for a Positive Trade Agreement

Consumers Union of Japan and The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) would like to provide input on the EU-Japan trade agreement. The technical negotiations between Japan and the EU are about to start and the final agreement will cover a broad … Read More

Posted September 6th, 2017 in Food, Trade

GM Food Awareness Survey Conducted by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency

The Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA), in initiating a GM Food Labelling Investigative Committee, has conducted a consumer awareness survey. The web survey was implemented between 12 December 2016 and 4 January 2017. The total number of respondents was 10,648 (5296 … Read More

Posted July 12th, 2017 in Biotechnology, Food

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