Gov't to strengthen functioning of food banks in Japan


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"Many companies hesitate to donate food out of concern that they might be diverted into other channels," said a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official.

I wonder what this means? Are they saying they don't want the food diverted to the homeless? I was out in the early morning in Ginza area of Tokyo and saw restaurants giving leftover food to local residents.

Me too. I've never heard about the food banks.

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Food wastage in Japan is alarming.

Supermarkets here often won’t reduce food prices near sell by dates, preferring to bin edible stock.

It doesn’t make sense...

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Families are unable to afford food, child poverty is growing and food banks in demand for the third biggest economy in the world that's an embarrassing situation if only there was some kind of body dedicated to the people as a whole, you know a representative for them. Someone who cared. Something along the lines of a functional government.

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4,000 tons donated while an estimated 6.43 million tons went to waste. Of the 6.43 million tons, it is estimated that 55% was thrown away by the business sector. That works out to roughly 3.5 million tons. So... just over 0.001% of food that was thrown away went to food banks. Japanese pensions are declining quickly so going forward something needs to be done. There is plenty of supply and plenty of demand.

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This makes sense as Japanese people get poorer and poorer. 60% of the workforce are on semi-permanent or part time working contracts, the minimum wage is less than 10 bucks an hour, 25% of children live in poverty and people are being taxed into oblivion. All this despite a labor shortage and low unemployment. It's high time for Japan to stop touting itself as a rich country. The coffers of the government and corporations are full, but that is at the expense of the other 95% of the population.

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This makes sense as Japanese people get poorer and poorer.


Japan GDP per capita has been growing .705% annually. Japanese people are getting richer not poorer.

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The effect of Japan's unwritten rule of not allowing people to take home left-over food from their meals (e.g., via "doggie bags") may skew the figures, especially when compared to statistics from the U.S. where this practice is routine.

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There are many active food banks, like Second Harvest in Tokyo. Cutting down on food waste and getting more food to the food banks should be a good move. Probably more food banks are needed.

More free food kitchens to feed the people. More collection points needed.

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All this is likely to do is add layers of unnecessary bureaucracy to already overworked volunteer staff, and make companies less willing to participate. The govt's solution to every problem is to make it worse by wrapping it in red tape.

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Its too bad in a country that wastes so much food people still have to go hungry.

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Good for them. This seems a pro-active idea by Japan, hopefully it will mean no children will go without 3 meals a day.


Japan GDP per capita has been growing .705% annually. Japanese people are getting richer not poorer.

@ Sumiko Nagoya - Yes - the Japanese economy has been doing well the past decade, but there are sadly some people who slip between the cracks that need help. It is good Japan is helping them.

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child poverty is growing

more nonsense.

Japan's child poverty rate eases,

and Japan came in first in the welfare for Childern

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Food Banks are a huge embarrassment for Developed Countries. Such Countries should focus their Charitable efforts on their own Home Country first before flooding corrupt African and Eastern Nations with Development support / charity monies...

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