Archives for the 'Food' Category

Food Additives: MSG, Flavour Enhancers Not Properly Labelled In Japan

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Comparing food labels used in Japan and in other countries reveals that many ingredients are not properly listed by Japanese food companies. Here, we take a look at flavour enhancers and food oils. Processed foods often contain a type of … Read More

Posted April 18th, 2012 in Food, Food Additives

Food Additives: You Think You Know But Really You Don’t

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CUJ and other groups held a joint seminar about food additives at Shufuren in Tokyo on February 28, 2012. Invited speaker Nakamura Mikio made a detailed presentation about the problems, with a focus on recent developments. Japan has recently been … Read More

Posted March 1st, 2012 in Biotechnology, Food, Food Additives, Trade

Safety Standard Or Double Standard?

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Consumers Union of Japan held a seminar about radioactivity and food safety at Meiji University in Tokyo on January 29, 2012. By Emilie De Montessus (CUJ Intern from Lyon University) Furitsu Katsumi, Hyogo College of Medicine, spoke about the lessons … Read More

Posted February 15th, 2012 in Civil Rights, Corporate Responsibility, Food, Nuclear

Lecture Series: Consumers’ Perspective on the TPP Problem

Consumers Union of Japan and other organizations have jointly started a lecture series to discuss the problems with free trade agreements from the consumers’ perspective. During the APEC meeting in the fall of 2011, the Noda Administration expressed that Japan … Read More

Posted February 8th, 2012 in Biotechnology, Civil Rights, Food, Food Additives, Food Security, TPP, Trade

Consumers Protest Against the Radiation Limits for Food

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Consumers protest against the radiation limits for food: We strongly protest against the old provisional limit for radioactive contamination of food, while asking the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to reexamine the new limits Protest Letter To: Komiyama … Read More

Posted February 1st, 2012 in Chemical pollution, Civil Rights, Food, Nuclear

BSE: Keep Strict Rules To Eradicate Mad Cow Disease

Withdraw Plans to Reexamine Japan’s Strict Measures against Mad Cow Disease December 9, 2011 Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) decided on December 9, 2011 to consider reexamining the legal measures against Mad Cow Disease and to ask … Read More

Posted December 20th, 2011 in BSE, Food, FTA, TPP, Trade

Genetically Modified Papaya: Consumer Reaction

Genetically modified papaya to be marketed in Japan for the first time but the labeling issue is not solved By Yamaura Yasuaki, CUJ The safety assessment of the genetically modified papaya was completed by the Food Safety Committee in 2009. … Read More

Posted December 20th, 2011 in Biotechnology, Food

Consumers Against TPP Negotiations

TPP: Rural Japan Under Serious Threat By “Operation Enemy” November 02, 2011   The TPP negotiations seem to be hi-jacked by American rice growers and large grain exporting corporations. This is in spite of the fact that liberalization of the … Read More

Posted November 9th, 2011 in Food, FTA, TPP, Trade

Organic Farming in Japan: Lessons for the World

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Report from IFOAM Organic World Congress Part 1 I had the opportunity to participate together with organic farmers and activists from Japan during the IFOAM Organic World Congress held in South Korea in September, 2011. It was the first time … Read More

Posted October 12th, 2011 in Organic Agriculture/Food

Japan Resources No 153

CUJ JR 153 (pdf) Japan Resources No 153 Japan finds itself in an extraordinary situation, 6 months after the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami On March 11, 2011. The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, where 4 reactors were damaged, is still … Read More

Posted September 7th, 2011 in Food, Japan Resources, Nuclear