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.

 

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

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.

Our Vision

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.

 

Board Members (April 2017~)

General Councilor
Tadashi Uesugi, Association chairman of National Fertilizer Trading
Hirokazu Kiuchi, President of Agricultural Foundation Wagoen
Yuki Takagi, Organization Chairman of NPO Japan Pro Agriculture General Support
Representative Director
Mikitaro Shobayashi, Professor of International Cultural Exchange, Gakushuin Women’s University
Director General
Akihisa Iwamoto, Manageing Director of National Agricultural Improvement Promotion Association Foundation
Kazuhiko Sawada, Adviser of Frieden Co., Ltd.
Yasuhiro Nakajima, Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Agricultural Life Science
Shunichi Matsui, Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
Masaaki Matsumaru, Director of E-Support Link Co., Ltd.
Auditor
Yasuaki Takeda, Executive Director, NPO Asia GAP Research Institute
Secretary General
Hiroshi Ogino

 

Technical committee

Organization chart of the technical committee

▼ Organization chart of the Technical Committee

Technical committee member list

▼ Technical Committee Members

 

Organization Structure and Governance

Organization and Governance

 

Corporate Development

2005

February
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
July
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

2006

January
Issued the first JGAP certification
April
Based on a proposal for improvement written by the stakeholders, issued a 2nd edition
November
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

2007

November
Started the third-party certification system of JGAP

2008

April
Released JGAP Tea 2008, 1st edition
October
Published the New Policy and Action Plan of the Japan GAP Foundation announcement

2010

Jun
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
July
JGAP Certified Farm mark and logo developed

2011

February
Presented recommendations for strong national agriculture, utilizing GAP (policy proposal for national administration)
August
Released the radiation countermeasures to JGAP standards

2012

January
Revised JGAP Tea 2012 and released Grain 2012
March
Released the JGAP standard in Chinese and Korean
August
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

2013

July
Issued JGAP standards in English. Started the JGAP Initiative Declaration program

2014

Released the JGAP standard in Chinese

2015

January
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

2016

May
Launched two series of JGAP -Basic and Advanced versions- in accordance with GFSI Benchmark Requirement V.6.4
September
Issued the first ASIAGAP (formerly JGAP Advance 2016) certification

2017

March
Issued JGAP Livestock and Livestock Products, the first GAP for livestock in Japan
August
JGAP Advance 2016 renamed as ASIAGAP ver.1.
ASIAGAP ver.2 (corresponding to GFSI Benchmark Requirement V.7.1) goes into effect

 

Organization profile

Registered Name
Japan GAP Foundation, incorporated foundation
President
Mikitaro Shobayashi, PhD
Address
3-29 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094,
Japan Agricultural Research Laboratory Building 4F
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Phone
+81-3-5215-1112
Activities
1. Development, Research and Study of GAP in Japan and abroad
2. Dissemination and promotion of GAP
3. GAP scheme owner
Members
306 Members (As of the end of March 2017)
Founder
Agri Communications Co., Ltd.
A-Net Farm Tokachi Co., Ltd.
NPO Asia GAP Research Institute
E-supportlink, Ltd.
Harada Seicha Co., Ltd.
Hashimoto, Shozo
i-Agri Corp.
Iono, Masaya
Ishiguro Nozai Co., Ltd.
Japan Food & Agriculture Cooperative Organization
KI Fresh Access, Inc.
Kishi, Yasuhiko
Kiuchi, Hirokazu
Koizumi Corporation
Makibuchi, Susumu
Niimura, Michihiko
Ogino, Hiroshi
Sakurai, Kazunori
Shobayashi, Mikitaro
Takeda, Yasuaki
Tamatsukuri, Yosuke
Tateishi, Shuji
Tateyama Brewing Co. Ltd.
Tokue, Michiaki
TOKYO CITY SEIKA Co., Ltd.
Toyoda Hiryo K.K.
Tsukuba Analysis Center Co., Ltd.
Associates
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