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National Organic Program
International Trade Policies: Japan (to US)  
The United States has a recognition agreement with Japan. Recognition agreements allow a foreign government to accredit certifying agents in that country to the USDA organic standards. These foreign certifying agents are authorized to certify organic farms and processing facilities, ensuring that USDA organic products meet or exceed all USDA organic standards. These products can then imported for sale in the United States. The United States also has an export agreement with Japan, allowing USDA organic products grown in the United States to be sold in Japan.

Scope. This agreement covers all USDA organic products produced in Japan and certified by a Japanese government-accredited certifying agent.

Production requirements. USDA organic regulations

Documentation. Standard United States import documentation

Labeling. Products produced under the agreement must meet all USDA organic labeling requirements. USDA Organic Seal

Contact Information
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau | Labeling and Standards Division
Contact: Mr. Takuro Mukae
Phone: +81-3-6744-7139 |

Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Center
Incorporated Administrative Agency
Contact: Mr. Kiyofumi Ishikawa
Phone: +81-50-3797-1830 |


Certifying Agents Through Recognition Agreement

Japan Organic and Natural Foods Association (JONA)
Takegashi Bldg. 3rd Floor, 3-5-3 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Contact: Mr. Toshiaki Takahashi
Phone: 81-3-3538-1851
Fax: 81-3-3538-1852
Accredited by MAFF: April 6, 2010
Crops, Wild Crops, and Handling

Center of Japan Organic Farmers Group
6-15-11 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Contact: Mr. Kazuo Kato
Phone: 81-3-5812-8055
Fax: 81-3-5812-7370
Accredited by MAFF: April 26, 2010
Crops, Wild Crops, and Handling

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  Last Modified Date: 05/21/2013