Japan: Organic Market Review 2021
In 2019, the volume of organic product imports from the United States to Japan reached a record level totaling 17,846 metric tons (MT). This most current data from 2019 also reveals both the non-processed and processed organic product categories continue to see trade growth. The U.S.-Japan organic equivalency arrangement provides bilateral trade benefits and in July 2020 was further expanded to include livestock products. In 2017, the organic product market in Japan was estimated to be valued at $1.85 billion. While still limited in scope, ATO believes the organic products market in Japan continues to incrementally grow. The organics market will be further encouraged by the Government of Japan’s recent Green Food System Strategy (MeaDRI) announcement and continued implementation of the 2019 action plan for Sustainable Development Goals.