The Government of Japan (GOJ) published a report outlining measures to address next steps in the
Export Expansion Action Strategy for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Products and Food. The GOJ
intends to facilitate investment in export facilities and export logistics throughout food and agricultural
supply chains to achieve its goal of growing exports of these products to two trillion yen (US$19 billion)
in 2025 and five trillion yen (US$48 billion) in 2030. The GOJ intends to reinforce its export support
system and to provide industry groups a legal basis to administer commodity checkoff systems modeled
after those overseen by USDA.

In November 2020, the Government of Japan (GOJ) announced the “Export Expansion Action Strategy
for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery Products, and Food” (Japanese only; hereinafter referred to as
“Export Expansion Strategy”) (JA2020-0201) and in May followed up with the, “Export Expansion
Follow-Up Report” (Japanese only; hereinafter referred to as “Follow-Up Report.”) The Follow-Up
Report provides additional details about the measures proposed in the Export Expansion Strategy and
addresses hurdles to increasing agricultural exports. The Follow-Up report has 12 total measures with
some measures, in bold, summarized in this report.

  1. Nurturing production areas and businesses that systematically work on market-in exports
    by utilizing specialized human resources
  2. Product specific industry groups
  3. Government-affiliated organizations work together to establish a system to provide professional
    and continuous support to export business in major export destination countries / regions
  4. Revision of the Investment Facilitation Act
  5. Establish safety net measures to deal with risks associated with trade in agriculture, forestry and
    fishery products and food
  6. Build efficient export logistics and reduce transportation costs
  7. Promote capital investment necessary to expand exports of processed foods, and build an
    export system for local small and medium-sized food companies
  8. Support overseas business development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and food companies
    that engage in exports
  9. Accelerate the issuance of export certificates by utilizing private institutions
  10. Issue electronic export certificate to improve convenience for businesses
  11. The government will work together to protect and utilize Japanese intellectual property
  12. Amend the Export Promotion Law to meet the above issue

Source: United States Department of Agriculture

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