Japan’s new ruling party wants to reduce food imports and shift to more domestic production over the next decade, according to an article in the Japan Times this week. Japan currently imports almost 60 percent of its food, according to the article, but the newly elected Democratic Party of Japan plans to invest one-trillion yen to reduce that figure to 50 percent by 2019. The plan, which will pay farmers for production when commodity prices fall below their costs, is intended to protect against volatile prices and provide more food security for the country. The full story is available from the Japan Times.