They would support Abe's implementation of regulatory reforms, especially in the farming sector, JA Zenchu
, where resistance is most formidable.
Japanese farmers used to be an LDP bulwark, but a candidate recommended in the election by the powerful agricultural cooperatives group, which includes the Zenchu
, was defeated.
asked the government to proceed very carefully in similar talks with Asian farm product-exporting countries, saying the Japanese farming sector produces many products which directly compete with goods from these Asian exporters.
The panel initially planned on working out its interim report to incorporate the words ''market principles and (farmers') own responsibility'' in rice production and distribution, but Zenchu
executives, also panel members, opposed the words and successfully eliminated the words ''own responsibility'' in the report, the sources said.
At a meeting of its executives earlier in the day, Zenchu
released the proposal to create a fund with contributions from all rice growers and government subsidies with a view to having the government remain committed to rice production adjustments.
Other Japanese members include Yoshiaki Onuki, head of a Japan-South Korea industrial cooperation committee at the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), Kyoji Fukao, professor of international economics at Hitotsubashi University, and Masahiro Konno, head of the international policy department at the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenchu
), the official said.
The Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (JA Zenchu
) came up with the proposal to create what it calls a ''stockpile organization for rice processing,'' union officials said.
The government decision came one day after the plan was endorsed at tripartite talks involving representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenchu
), Japan's most powerful farm lobby.
Takebe said he has lodged a protest against the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (Zenchu
) and the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives Associations (Zen-Noh).
plans to appoint Katsuo Shinozuka, managing director at the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenchu
), vice president, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenchu
) on Thursday urged the farm ministry to promptly identify the cause of mad cow disease and step up efforts to resolve the problem.
Japan will be represented by officials from the farm ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as the deputies from the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Zenchu
), farm ministry officials said.