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Japan's embassies, consulates to help push agriculture exports

Staff Writer |
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will direct diplomatic outposts to prepare monthly accounts outlining the local state of Japanese farm products.

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This is part of the government's efforts to boost exports for such goods.

This is the first time that monthly reports will be required. Currently, Tokyo is only informed of local problems concerning exports of agricultural goods.

The Japan External Trade Organization's overseas branches are also preparing to submit reports.

The goal is to get ambassadors and heads of JETRO offices to grasp local demand, customs and other hurdles for Japanese farm products.

The information will then be shared with the appropriate ministries and agencies to help create policies to increase exports.

One reason domestic farmers have hesitated to export their goods, for example, is that quarantine and pesticide standards are unclear for some countries or regions.

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