Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-293-01) 13 pp

November 2002

Vegetable Policies in Japan

This publication provides a detailed description and analysis of policies used by Japan to support its vegetable producers and to regulate vegetable markets. Domestic policies include compensation to farmers when market prices fall below a moving average of historical prices, subsidies to make farms and processing more efficient, and subsidized hazard insurance for greenhouses and some field crops. The government has provided incentives to divert land from rice into vegetables. At the border, tariffs are less than 13 percent, except for a tariff-rate quota on dried beans. Phytosanitary rules prevent imports of some vegetables.

Keywords: Japan, vegetables, policies, domestic support, trade, trade liberalization, phytosanitary

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