USA Rice Meets with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Feb 22, 2018
 Sushi on white plate with USA Rice logo "Have a Rice Day!"
ARLINGTON, VA – Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, (MAFF) along with representatives from the Embassy of Japan, visited USA Rice yesterday.  As part of a regular visit, the two sides discussed the U.S.-Japan rice trade and reviewed the progress of Japan’s rice imports in the current Japan fiscal year (April-March).  The two sides also discussed prospects for Japan’s remaining import tenders.  

“We welcome the regular visits from MAFF, which provide both sides the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and build on U.S.-Japan rice trade,” said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings.  

The government of Japan is the sole importer of rice under Japan’s market access commitment to members of the World Trade Organization.  To date, Japan has purchased just under 550,000 metric tons of rice, of which 260,000 MT is from the United States.  Japan’s total import commitment each JFY is 682,200 MT (milled basis).