Japan is one of the largest grain importers in the world. In 2019, total 16 million ton of corn which is as twice as domestic rice production was consumed mainly for food and feed mainly from U.S., Brazil and Argentina. Also, 3.5 million ton of soybean was consumed for oil, feed and soybean food. Of these, about 2.5 million ton of imported soybean was used for oil and feed. As similar trend as corn, almost all soybean was imported from U.S., Brazil, and Canada is another importance country. This fact indicates that Japan is a critical market for growers in cultivation countries introducing agriculture biotechnology.
Japan requires to complete safety assessment on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food (food sanitation law), feed (feed safety law) and environment (Cartagena law) prior to import, cultivate and use of GMO. Successful completion is a critical step for developers, seed companies or food manufactures who want to introduce GMO into Japanese market to open up a market.
Genome Editing is state of the art technology applied to food, feed and agriculture area. In Japan, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) decided to request notification before use of Genome Editing Organisms.
SCC Japan provides regulatory consulting services on GMO and Genome Editing in Japan. We have consultants with more than 10 years’ experience in biotech regulation and have strong and broad network with key stakeholders in/outside Japan.