Introduction to the Japan GAP Foundation
The Japan GAP Foundation is a private nonprofit organization developing and managing a set of GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) standards. JGAP, as they are known collectively, is the only international standard in Japan. Established as an NPO corporation in November of 2006, JGAP’s third-party certification system began the following year.
Target categories included fruits and vegetables, tea, grains and pulses, and livestock and livestock products.
The Japan GAP Foundation offer the guarantee of safe and secure agricultural products to consumers by providing producers with voluntary GAP standards that are easily accessible to all farms, including smaller ones, around the world.
The Japan GAP Foundation aims to disseminate GAP standards to agricultural producers around the world and contribute to economic development through the realization of production safety, environmental conservation, and sustainable agriculture.
The Japan GAP Foundation will contribute both to the production of safe agricultural and livestock products and to the realization of sustainable agriculture, by developing and disseminating GAP standards that can be easily used by farmers. We aim to build a trusting relationship built on transparency between those involved in all aspects of agricultural production – from growing to distribution to consumption.
Organization chart of the technical committee
Organization Structure and Governance
- For the necessity of creating a standard GAP for Japan’s industries, founded the GAI (Good Agricultural Initiative) Association as the founder of agricultural producers
- Renamed the JGAI (Japan Good Agricultural Initiative) Association, presented the first GAPs in JAPAN for fruits and vegetables, and for cereals, as part of the standard GAP suiting Japanese production and social environments
- Issued the first JGAP certification
- Based on a proposal for improvement written by the stakeholders, issued a 2nd edition
- Reorganized into the Japan GAP Foundation for Specified Nonprofit Corporations
Purpose of establishment:
1) Building Japanese industry standards
2) Developing and disseminating a specific Japanese GAP that is world-class
- Started the third-party certification system of JGAP
- Released JGAP Tea 2008, 1st edition
- Published the New Policy and Action Plan of the Japan GAP Foundation announcement
- revised JGAP Fruits and Vegetables 2010 in correspondence with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries’ “Guidelines on Common Base of GAP,” announced the same year
- JGAP Certified Farm mark and logo developed
- Presented recommendations for strong national agriculture, utilizing GAP (policy proposal for national administration)
- Released the radiation countermeasures to JGAP standards
- Revised JGAP Tea 2012 and released Grain 2012
- Released the JGAP standard in Chinese and Korean
- Board Declaration 2012: The importance of JGAP is increasing in response to the intensifying global competition between the agricultural, distribution, and restaurant industries. Willing to make a bigger contribution to society toward full-scale use of JGAP in Japan
- Issued JGAP standards in English. Started the JGAP Initiative Declaration program
Released the JGAP standard in Chinese
- Established Japan GAP Foundation, which takes over as the scheme owner of an independent JGAP certification scheme
In addition, the NPO Japan GAP Foundation changed its name to the NPO Asia GAP Research Institute, while it continued training JGAP instructors and monitoring farms
- Launched two series of JGAP -Basic and Advanced versions- in accordance with GFSI Benchmark Requirement V.6.4
- Issued the first ASIAGAP (formerly JGAP Advance 2016) certification
- Issued JGAP Livestock and Livestock Products, the first GAP for livestock in Japan
- JGAP Advance 2016 renamed as ASIAGAP ver.1.
ASIAGAP ver.2 (corresponding to GFSI Benchmark Requirement V.7.1) goes into effect
- Registered Name
- Japan GAP Foundation, incorporated foundation
- Mikitaro Shobayashi, PhD
- 3-29 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094,
Japan Agricultural Research Laboratory Building 4F
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- 1. Development, Research and Study of GAP in Japan and abroad
2. Dissemination and promotion of GAP
3. GAP scheme owner
- 306 Members (As of the end of March 2017)
- Agri Communications Co., Ltd.
A-Net Farm Tokachi Co., Ltd.
NPO Asia GAP Research Institute
Harada Seicha Co., Ltd.
Ishiguro Nozai Co., Ltd.
Japan Food & Agriculture Cooperative Organization
KI Fresh Access, Inc.
Tateyama Brewing Co. Ltd.
TOKYO CITY SEIKA Co., Ltd.
Toyoda Hiryo K.K.
Tsukuba Analysis Center Co., Ltd.
- Agri-Future Japan
Farm to Wellness Club (Delica Foods)
General Federation of Fertilizer Industry Association
Japan Agricultural Corporation Association
Japan Efficiency Association
Japan Food Agriculture Cooperation Organization
Japan Professional Agricultural Comprehensive Assistance Organization
National Foundation for Agricultural Improvement Diffusion Assistance
NPO Agricultural Support Center