ministry in the government of Japan
responsible for oversight of the agriculture
industries. Its acronym
The Constitution of the Empire of Japan
provided for the creation of a , which was established in 1881, with Tani Tateki
as its first minister.
In 1925, the commerce functions were separated out into a separate ,
and the ministry was renamed the .
The ministry was also given responsibility for oversight of the Factory Act of 1903, which provided regulations for work hours and worker safety in both industrial and agricultural industries.
From 1943-1945, when the Ministry of Commerce was abolished due to the nationalization
of Japanese industry for the war effort, parts of that ministry reverted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which was again briefly named .
In 1978, the name of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was expanded to its present form to better reflect the ministry's role in guaranteeing the Japanese public a safe food supply, and to protect producers and workers in the food production industries.
Currently, Michihiko Kano
hold this post as minister.
The primary function of the ministry is to set quality standards for food products, supervise commodity markets
and food sales, and to undertake land reclamation
and land improvement projects.
On October 5, 2007, an employee in Japan
's agriculture ministry was reprimanded for allegedly contributing 260 times to the......