Archives for the 'Food' Category

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

Japan Resources – No 167

Please click here CUJ-JR-167 for the latest issue of Consumer Union of Japan’s English newsletter, Japan Resources (PDF). This time we focus on healthy, organic food and farming, while taking a stand against PM Abe and his ruling coalition, that … Read More

Posted June 21st, 2017 in Biodiversity, Civil Rights, Japan Resources, Organic Agriculture/Food

Update: Bhutan Organic Rice Project

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The project to explore ways to help farmers in Bhutan switch to organic farming methods is progressing. This is an update by Mitsukuni Inaba (Director of Civil Institute of Organic Rice Cultivation) and Koa Tasaka (Co-chair of CUJ and board … Read More

Posted June 21st, 2017 in Biodiversity, Organic Agriculture/Food

Street Event with the “Moms’ Project to Change our Food in Japan!”

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Sticker questionnaire in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo on Mothers’ Day, May 15, 2017 A new citizens group has recently been formed in Japan by people who oppose genetically modified food plus moms who participated in the March, 2017 events with Zen Honeycutt … Read More

Posted May 24th, 2017 in Biotechnology, Food

Event: The International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22 is designated by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are known to have negative effects on biodiversity and there are international rules for handling GM crops to try to deal … Read More

Posted May 19th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Food

Organic Rice for School Lunch: Healthy Kids, Healthy Community

Isumi City in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, has announced that it would be the first in Japan to serve locally grown organic rice at the city’s elementary and junior high schools throughout 2017. The project started in 2015 when … Read More

Posted May 10th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Chemical pollution, Food, Organic Agriculture/Food

Emergency Meeting: Definitely Cancel the Planned Move of the Tsukiji Fish Market to Toyosu!

Participants: Consumers Union of Japan & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch CUJ & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch held an emergency meeting on November 10, 2016 to discuss the emerging problems with the planned move of Tokyo’s wholesale fish market from Tsukiji … Read More

Posted December 19th, 2016 in Chemical pollution, Food, Waste

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

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