Japan plans to ease rules governing agricultural production corporations in planned special economic zones, officials say

TOKYO , October 28, 2013 () – The Japanese government plans to ease rules governing agricultural production corporations in planned special economic zones, officials said Friday.

At present, more than a quarter of all executives of agricultural corporations are required to engage in agricultural work.

Under the plan, each corporation will need to have at least one such person among its executives, the officials said.

The deregulation is designed to make it easier for businesses to start agriculture, which in turn would help promote the integration of farm production, processing and sales as the government hopes.

The easier rules were presented by the government at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as part of a draft bill on the special economic zones.END

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