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MAY
The state of emergency, which scheduled to be expired on 6 May, has been extended.
On 4 May, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has extended the country’s state of emergency until the end of May (31 May 2020).
Impact on Food Supply Chain
  • Following the extension on the state of emergency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that during the extended state of emergency, businesses in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food related industries shall continue operate with the implementations of recommended measures, including taking temperature of employees, and employees who have relevant symptoms are disallowed to work. In addition, the MAFF will continue to monitor the food supply situation in Japan during the extended state of emergency.
  • Amid the state of emergency in Japan, on 1 May, the MAFF issued the latest food supply status in Japan. For manufacturers, the demand for products continues to rise. In order to meet the needs of consumers, the manufacturers (frozen products, flour and flour products) continue to operate in full production and some of the manufacturers (instant noodles, retort food) will continue to increase their production to support the adequate supply of food. In addition to increasing the capacity of manufacturing, some of the manufacturers have shifted their manufacturing focus in order to produce products in high demands (rice, udon). Also, there have been some delays in terms of the shipments of food products (pasta) to Japan too.
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    APR
    Updates on the state of emergency (7 April to 6 May 2020)
    The government announced stricter border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the stepped-up entry ban, quarantine measures, suspension of visa validity and exemption measures, and restrictions on airport/ports for arrival.
    In addition, Japan’s Cabinet has approved a revised economic package to support the economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will be receiving supplementary budget to support the food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors.
    Impact on Food Supply Chain
    Amid the state of emergency in Japan, on 24 April, the MAFF issued the current food supply status in Japan. For manufacturers, the demand for products continues to rise. In order to meet the needs of consumers, the manufacturers (frozen products) will continue to operate in full production and some of the manufacturers (instant noodles, retort food) will continue to increase their production to support the adequate supply of food. In addition to increasing the capacity of manufacturing, some of the manufacturers have shifted their manufacturing focus in order to produce products in high demands. Also, there have been some delays in terms of the shipments of food products (pasta) to Japan too.
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    APR
    Updates on the state of emergency (7 April to 6 May 2020)
    The government announced that the areas that subject to the measures under the state of emergency are extended to all prefectures in addition to Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka.
    The Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference and explained the decision to extend the areas of emergency declaration. The Prime Minister also mentioned that as areas subject to the measures under the state of emergency have expanded, for businesses (restaurant, tourism, other industry) which are being affected, the government will implement cash payments to these businesses to support them financially.
    Impact on Food Supply Chain
  • Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Taku Eto held a press conference and explained the situation regarding the expansion of the emergency declaration. The Minister has reiterated that the MAFF has immediately established local headquarters in all prefectures to continue support the adequate and stable supply of food to the people during the emergency state.
  • MAFF issued the current food supply status in Japan. For manufacturers, the demand for products had been rising. In order to meet the needs of consumers, the manufacturers (frozen products) have been operating in full production and some of the manufacturers (instant noodles, retort food) will continue to increase their production to support the adequate supply of food. In addition, there are some delays in terms of the shipments of food products too.
  • In addition, Japan has temporarily relaxed food labelling rules to help manufacturing firms that need to make adjustments to production processes/raw materials in their productions amid of COVID-19.
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