Japan
Open to Imports

NAME(S) OF REGULATION AND/OR STANDARD (with links):

Japan and the United States have an Equivalency Agreement which will begin January 1, 2014.

Organic Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) and Technical Criteria (website in English)

AUTHORIZED GOVERNMENT AGENCY(S):

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

AGENCY(S) CONTACT INFORMATION:

1-2-1, Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
Website

DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION: 2000

DATE OF REVISIONS: 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003

REGULATION AND/OR STANDARD SCOPE:

The standards cover plants, processed foods, livestock feed, and livestock products, as well as transportation, selection, processing, cleaning, storage, packaging, and other post-harvest processes for domestic and imported products.

IMPORTED PRODUCTS:

Importers must be certified. Technical criteria for importers cover facilities, methods for acceptance and storage of imported product, qualifications and number of persons in charge of acceptance and storage of imports and for those in charge of grading labeling, and for attaching grading labels. Japan has approved rules and standards of some countries as equivalent with the Organic JAS system. The equivalent grading system of another country does not mean that it is identical to the Organic JAS system. The integrity of the Organic JAS system is maintained through setting the terms of exports to Japan for crucial differences between both grading systems.

Until the January 1, 2014 Equivalency Agreement begins, the United States has an export trade agreement with Japan.

 

CERTIFICATION: Mandatory

ACCREDITATION: GOVERNMENT

MAFF accredits certifiers.
Until the January 1, 2014 Equivalency Agreement begins, the United States has an export trade agreement with Japan.

REFERENCE STANDARDS:

Based on Codex Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

GENERAL FILES: