Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas Basic Act


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Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas Basic Act

(Act No. 106 of July 16, 1999)

Chapter I General Provisions (Articles 1 to 14)

Chapter II Basic Measures

Section 1 Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas (Article 15)

Section 2 Measures for Securing a Stable Supply of Food (Articles 16 to 20)

Section 3 Measures for Sustainable Development of Agriculture (Articles 21

to 33)

Section 4 Measures for Development of Rural Areas (Articles 34 to 36)

Chapter III Administrative Organs and Relevant Organizations (Articles 37

and 38)

Chapter IV Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies (Articles 39 to

43)

Supplementary Provisions

Chapter I General Provisions

(Purpose)

Article 1 The purpose of this Act is to comprehensively and systematically

promote measures for food, agriculture and rural areas, and thereby to

stabilize and improve citizens' lives and achieve sound development of the

national economy by providing for the basic principles and basic matters for

realizing those principles and clarifying the responsibilities of the State and

local public entities with regard to measures for food, agriculture and rural

areas.

(Securing of a Stable Supply of Food)

Article 2 (1) Given that food is indispensable for maintaining human life and

important as a basis for a healthy and fulfilling life, high-quality food must be

stably supplied into the future at a reasonable price.

(2) Given that the world's food supply and demand balance and food trade involve

unstable factors, a stable supply of food to citizens must be ensured by

increasing domestic agricultural production as a base and appropriately

combining it with imports and stockpiling.

(3) Food must be supplied through comprehensively achieving the sound

development of agriculture and the food industry while promoting the

improvement of agricultural productivity, and in accordance with the ever

more sophisticated and diversified demands of citizens.

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(4) Supply of the minimum food necessary for citizens must be secured in such a

manner that no serious hindrance will be caused to the stability of citizens'

lives or to the smooth operation of the national economy even where the

domestic food supply and demand balance becomes or is likely to become

extremely tight for a reasonable period of time due to a contingent cause such

as poor harvests or interrupted imports.

(Performance of Multiple Functions)

Article 3 Multiple functions of agricultural production activities in rural areas,

other than the function of supplying food and other agricultural products, such

as the conservation of national land, recharging of water resources,

conservation of the natural environment, formation of favorable landscapes,

and the passing down of culture (hereinafter referred to as "Multiple

Functions") must be performed appropriately and sufficiently into the future,

given their role in achieving stability in the lives of citizens and the national

economy.

(Sustainable Development of Agriculture)

Article 4 Given the importance of the function of supplying food and other

agricultural products and the Multiple Functions performed by agriculture, the

sustainable development of agriculture must be ensured by securing necessary

agricultural land, agricultural water, and other agricultural resources as well

as the agricultural workforce, establishing a desirable agricultural structure

with an efficient combination of such elements based on regional

characteristics, and maintaining and improving the Natural Circulation

Function of Agriculture (meaning the function of agricultural production

activities to depend on and promote circulation of substances through the

medium of organisms in nature; the same applies hereinafter).

(Development of Rural Areas)

Article 5 Given that rural areas serve as the base for sustainable development of

agriculture as a result of agriculture being operated in the living areas of local

residents, including farmers, rural areas must be developed through

improvement of the agricultural production conditions and improvement of the

living environment and other welfare enhancement so that the function of

supplying food and other agricultural products and the Multiple Functions of

agriculture will be performed appropriately and sufficiently.

(Consideration Given to Fisheries and Forestry)

Article 6 In implementing measures for food, agriculture and rural areas,

necessary consideration is to be given for the promotion of fisheries and

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forestry, given the close connection of those measures to such industries.

(Responsibility of the State)

Article 7 (1) The State is responsible for comprehensively formulating and

implementing measures for food, agriculture and rural areas, pursuant to the

basic principles of measures for food, agriculture and rural areas prescribed in

Articles 2 through 5 (hereinafter referred to as the "Basic Principles").

(2) The State must endeavor to enhance citizens' understanding of the Basic

Principles through measures including offering information on food,

agriculture and rural areas.

(Responsibility of Local Public Entities)

Article 8 Local public entities are responsible for formulating and implementing

measures for food, agriculture and rural areas in accordance with the natural,

economic and social conditions of their respective districts based on the

appropriate sharing of roles with the State with regard to food, agriculture and

rural areas, pursuant to the Basic Principles.

(Efforts of Farmers, etc.)

Article 9 Farmers and agricultural organizations are to endeavor proactively to

realize the Basic Principles in operating farming and other relevant activities.

(Efforts of Business Operators)

Article 10 In operating their business activities, business operators in the food

industry are to endeavor to secure the supply of food for citizens, pursuant to

the Basic Principles.

(Support for the Efforts of Farmers, etc.)

Article 11 In implementing measures for food, agriculture and rural areas, the

State and local public entities are to aim at providing support for the proactive

efforts of farmers, agricultural organizations and business operators in the

food industry.

(Role of Consumers)

Article 12 Consumers are to deepen their understanding of food, agriculture and

rural areas and play a positive role in improving their food consumption habits.

(Legislative Measures, etc.)

Article 13 The government must take the legislative, fiscal and financial

measures required to implement measures for food, agriculture and rural areas.

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(Annual Report, etc.)

Article 14 (1) Every year, the government must submit to the Diet a report on

the trends of food, agriculture and rural areas, and on the measures it has

implemented with regard to food, agriculture and rural areas.

(2) Every year, the government must prepare and submit to the Diet a document

clarifying measures to be implemented in consideration of the trends of food,

agriculture and rural areas pertaining to the report set forth in the preceding

paragraph.

(3) When preparing the document clarifying the policies to be implemented set

forth in the preceding paragraph, the government must hear the opinions of

the Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies.

Chapter II Basic Measures

Section 1 Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas

Article 15 (1) The government must establish a basic plan for food, agriculture

and rural areas (hereinafter referred to as the "Basic Plan") in order to achieve

the comprehensive and systematic promotion of measures for food, agriculture

and rural areas.

(2) The Basic Plan is to provide for the following matters:

(i) the basic policy for measures for food, agriculture and rural areas;

(ii) the target rate of food self-sufficiency;

(iii) measures to be comprehensively and systematically implemented by the

government with regard to food, agriculture and rural areas; and

(iv) in addition to what is set forth in the above three items, matters necessary

for comprehensively and systematically promoting measures for food,

agriculture and rural areas.

(3) The target rate of food self-sufficiency set forth in item (ii) of the preceding

paragraph is to be established, with the aim of improving the rate, as a

guideline for domestic agricultural production and food consumption, while

clarifying the issues that farmers and other relevant persons should address.

(4) The part of the Basic Plan pertaining to measures for rural areas must be

kept in harmony with the plan of the State concerning comprehensive use,

development and conservation of national land.

(5) When establishing a Basic Plan pursuant to the provision of paragraph (1),

the government must hear the opinions of the Council of Food, Agriculture and

Rural Area Policies.

(6) When having established a Basic Plan pursuant to the provision of paragraph

(1), the government must, without delay, report it to the Diet and publicize it.

(7) The government is to revise the Basic Plan approximately every five years, by

taking into consideration the changes in circumstances surrounding food,

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agriculture and rural areas, and also based on an evaluation of the effects of

the measures for food, agriculture and rural areas.

(8) The provisions of paragraphs (5) and (6) apply mutatis mutandis to the

revision of the Basic Plan.

Section 2 Measures for Securing a Stable Supply of Food

(Enhancement of Measures for Food Consumption)

Article 16 (1) The State is to increase the sophistication of sanitation

management and quality management of food, ensure proper food labeling, and

implement other necessary measures, in order to secure the safety of food and

improve food quality and to contribute to allowing rational choices for

consumers.

(2) The State is to formulate guidelines on a healthy diet, disseminate knowledge

and provide information on food consumption, and implement other necessary

measures, in order to contribute to the improvement of food consumption and

effective use of agricultural resources.

(Sound Development of the Food Industry)

Article 17 Considering the importance of the role of the food industry in

supplying food, the State is to, in order to ensure the sound development of the

industry, reinforce the business base, promote coordination between the

industry and agriculture, streamline distribution and implement other

necessary measures, while giving consideration to the reduction of

environmental load associated with business activities and ensuring effective

use of resources.

(Measures concerning Import and Export of Agricultural Products)

Article 18 (1) The State is to take necessary measures for securing the stable

importing of agricultural products for demand that cannot be met by domestic

production, and where importing agricultural products causes or is likely to

cause a serious hindrance to the production of competitive agricultural

products and there is an urgent necessity, it is to adjust the tariff rate, restrict

the importing or implement other necessary measures.

(2) In order to promote the exporting of agricultural products, the State is to

reinforce the competitiveness of agricultural products, as well as enhance

market research, provide information, reinforce dissemination and advertising,

and implement other necessary measures.

(Food Security in Emergencies)

Article 19 In the case prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (4), if the State finds it

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to be necessary for securing the minimum food necessary for citizens, it is to

increase the production of food, restrict distribution or implement other

necessary measures.

(Promotion of International Cooperation)

Article 20 In order to contribute to ensuring the stability of the world's food

supply and demand balance into the future, the State is to endeavor to promote

technical and financial cooperation for the development of agriculture and

rural areas in developing regions, food aid to these regions, and other

international cooperation.

Section 3 Measures for Sustainable Development of Agriculture

(Establishment of a Desirable Agricultural Structure)

Article 21 In order to develop efficient and stable agricultural management and

to establish an agricultural structure whereby such agricultural management

undertakes a considerable portion of agricultural production, the State is to

promote the development of the agricultural production base, expand the scale

of agricultural management, and implement other necessary measures for

promoting reinforcement of the agricultural management base according to the

farming category and regional characteristics.

(Development of Agricultural Management by Full-time Farmers, etc.)

Article 22 Given the importance of allowing full-time farmers and other

motivated farmers to develop original and creative farm management, the

State is to rationalize management control and improve other conditions that

contribute to the development and smooth succession of management, and

achieve the revitalization of family farming, as well as implementing necessary

measures for promoting the incorporation of agricultural management.

(Securing of Agricultural Land and Its Effective Use)

Article 23 In order to secure necessary agricultural land for domestic

agricultural production and to achieve its effective use, the State is to ensure

agricultural use of land that should be used as agricultural land, promote the

accumulation of the use of agricultural land by those who conduct efficient and

stable agricultural management, promote the efficient use of agricultural land,

and implement other necessary measures.

(Development of an Agricultural Production Base)

Article 24 In order to improve agricultural productivity by securing agricultural

land and agricultural water with conditions favorable for farming and

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promoting their effective use, the State is to enlarge agricultural land

partitions, create multipurpose paddy fields, maintain or enhance the functions

of agricultural irrigation and drainage facilities, and implement other

necessary measures for developing the agricultural production base, according

to the regional characteristics, while giving consideration to harmony with the

environment, and with the aim of achieving the efficient operation of business.

(Development and Securing of Human Resources)

Article 25 (1) In order to develop and secure human resources who will

undertake efficient and stable agricultural management, the State is to

improve the agricultural techniques and management control abilities of

farmers, encourage those who intend to newly engage in farming to learn

agricultural techniques and management methods, and implement other

necessary measures.

(2) The State is to promote education on agriculture and implement other

necessary measures so that citizens will deepen their understanding and

interest in agriculture.

(Promotion of Women's Participation in Agriculture)

Article 26 Given the importance of both men and women being able to secure

opportunities to participate in all kinds of activities as equal members of

society, the State is to properly evaluate women's roles in agricultural

management, and promote the development of an environment that allows

women to secure opportunities to participate in agricultural management and

other related activities on their own volition.

(Promotion of Activities by Elderly Farmers)

Article 27 The State is to promote the development of an environment that

allows elderly farmers to carry out agriculture-related activities as a purpose

in life related to their roles in local agriculture and their techniques and

abilities, and is to achieve improvement of their welfare.

(Promotion of Activities of Agricultural Production Organizations)

Article 28 In order to contribute to securing efficient agricultural production in

local agriculture, the State is to implement necessary measures for promoting

activities of farmer organizations based on rural communities and other farmer

organizations that jointly carry out agricultural production activities,

organizations that carry out farm work on commission, and other similar

organizations.

(Development and Dissemination of Technology)

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Article 29 In order to effectively promote research and development and

dissemination of technology related to agriculture, food processing and

distribution, the State is to clarify targets for the research and development of

such technology, strengthen coordination among national and prefectural

research and development institutes, universities and private bodies, promote

projects for disseminating agriculture-related technology according to regional

characteristics, and implement other necessary measures.

(Price Formation of Agricultural Products and Stabilization of Management)

Article 30 (1) In order to promote agricultural production that meets consumer

demand, the State is to implement necessary measures so that prices of

agricultural products are formed by appropriately reflecting the supply and

demand situation and quality evaluation.

(2) The State is to implement necessary measures for mitigating the effects of

significant fluctuations in prices of agricultural products on the agricultural

management to be developed.

(Compensation of Losses Caused by Agricultural Disasters)

Article 31 In order to prevent agricultural reproduction from being impeded by

disasters and to ensure the stabilization of agricultural management, the State

is to provide reasonable compensation for losses caused by disasters and

implement other necessary measures.

(Maintenance and Enhancement of the Natural Circulation Function)

Article 32 In order to maintain and enhance the Natural Circulation Function of

Agriculture, the State is to secure the proper use of agricultural chemicals and

fertilizers, and improve soil fertility through the effective use of livestock

manure and other items, and implement other necessary measures.

(Rationalization of Production and Distribution of Agricultural Materials)

Article 33 In order to contribute to reducing the cost of agricultural materials in

agricultural management, the State is to promote the rationalization of

production and distribution of agricultural materials, and implement other

necessary measures.

Section 4 Measures for Development of Rural Areas

(Comprehensive Development of Rural Areas)

Article 34 (1) The State is to systematically promote measures for the

development of agriculture and other comprehensive development of rural

areas, with consideration to coordination between agricultural use and other

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use of land in rural areas.

(2) In order to achieve the sound development of regional agriculture and create

bountiful and livable rural areas with beautiful landscapes, the State is to

implement necessary measures for comprehensively promoting the

improvement of agricultural production bases, the improvement of the living

environment including transport, information and communications, public

health, education and culture, and other welfare enhancement according to the

regional characteristics.

(Development of Hilly and Mountainous Areas, etc.)

Article 35 (1) In mountainous areas, their surrounding areas, and other areas

facing disadvantages in their agricultural production conditions due to poor

geographical conditions (hereinafter referred to as "Hilly and Mountainous

Areas"), the State is to increase job opportunities by promoting agriculture and

other industries through means including the introduction of new crops, and

the production and sale of local specialty products, promote the settlement of

residents through the improvement of the living environment, and implement

other necessary measures according to the regional characteristics.

(2) In Hilly and Mountainous Areas, the State is to implement specific measures

for securing the Multiple Functions of agriculture through means including the

provision of support to correct the disadvantages in agricultural production

conditions in order to allow appropriate agricultural production activities to be

carried out continuously.

(Exchanges between Urban Areas and Rural Areas, etc.)

Article 36 (1) In order to deepen citizens' understanding and interest in

agriculture and rural areas and to contribute to their healthy and comfortable

lives, the State is to encourage exchanges between urban areas and rural areas,

promote the development of allotment gardens, and implement other necessary

measures.

(2) With regard to agriculture in and around urban areas, the State is to

implement necessary measures for promoting agricultural production that

meets the demand from urban residents, taking advantage of the characteristic

of proximity to the consumption area.

Chapter III Administrative Organs and Relevant Organizations

(Development of Administrative Organs, etc.)

Article 37 When implementing measures for food, agriculture and rural areas,

the State and local public entities are to mutually cooperate and endeavor to

develop administrative organs and increase the efficiency and transparency of

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administrative management.

(Restructuring and Development of Relevant Organizations)

Article 38 In order to contribute to the realization of the Basic Principles, the

State is to implement necessary measures for efficient restructuring and

development of bodies relevant to food, agriculture and rural areas.

Chapter IV Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies

(Establishment)

Article 39 The Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies (hereinafter

referred to as the "Council") will be established in the Ministry of Agriculture,

Forestry and Fisheries.

(Authority)

Article 40 (1) In addition to processing matters placed under its authority

pursuant to the provisions of this Act, the Council will investigate and

deliberate on important matters concerning enforcement of this Act in response

to consultations with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries or

other ministers concerned.

(2) The Council may submit its opinions to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry

and Fisheries or other ministers concerned, with regard to the matters

prescribed in the preceding paragraph.

(3) In addition to what is provided for in the preceding two paragraphs, the

Council will process matters placed under its authority pursuant to the

provisions of the Land Improvement Act (Act No.195 of 1949), the Act on

Improvement and Increased Production of Livestock (Act No.209 of 1950), the

Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control (Act No.166 of 1951), the

Feed Supply-and-Demand Stabilization Act (Act No.356 of 1952), the Act

Concerning Dairy and Beef Cattle Production Promotion (Act No.182 of 1954),

the Act on Special Measures Concerning Promotion of Fruit-growing Industry

(Act No.15 of 1961), the Act Concerning the Stabilization of Price of Livestock

Products (Act No.183 of 1961), the Act on Price Adjustment of Sugar and

Starch (Act No.109 of 1965), the Act on Temporary Measures concerning

Compensation Price for Producers of Milk for Manufacturing Use (Act No.112

of 1965), the Act on Establishment of Agricultural Promotion Regions (Act

No.58 of 1969), the Wholesale Market Act (Act No.35 of 1971), the Act on

Special Measures concerning Beef Calf Production Stabilization (Act No.98 of

1988), the Act on Promotion of Food Marketing Structure Improvement (Act

No.59 of 1991), the Act on Stabilization of Supply, Demand and Prices of Staple

Food (Act No.113 of 1994), the Act on Promotion of Recycling and Related

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Activities for Treatment of Cyclical Food Resources (Act No.116 of 2000), the

Act on Payment of Grants to Farmers for Purpose of Stabilization of Farming

Management (Act No. 88 of 2006), the Act on Promotion of Organic Agriculture

(Act No. 112 of 2006), the Act on Promotion of Business Activities by

Collaboration Between Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Operators and

Operators of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (Act No. 38 of 2008), and the

Act on Promotion of Use of Rice for New Purposes (Act No. 25 of 2009).

(Organization)

Article 41 (1) The Council is comprised of not more than 30 members.

(2) The members are appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and

Fisheries from persons with relevant knowledge and experience with regard to

the matters prescribed in paragraph (1) of the preceding Article.

(3) The members are to serve on a part-time basis.

(4) In addition to what is provided for in paragraph (2), officials of the Council

who are specified by Cabinet Order are to be appointed by the Minister of

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

(Request for Submission of Materials, etc.)

Article 42 When the Council finds it necessary for the execution of affairs under

its jurisdiction, it may request the heads of relevant administrative organs to

submit materials, offer their opinions, provide explanations or engage in other

necessary cooperation.

(Delegation Provision)

Article 43 In addition to what is provided for in this Act, the matters necessary

with regard to the organization, affairs under its jurisdiction, and

administration of the Council are specified by Cabinet Order.

Supplementary Provisions [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the date of promulgation.

(Abolition of the Agricultural Basic Act)

Article 2 The Agricultural Basic Act (Act No. 127 of 1961) is to be abolished.

(Transitional Measures)

Article 3 (1) If the report set forth in Article 6, paragraph (1) of the Agricultural

Basic Act prior to its abolition under the provisions of the preceding Article

(hereinafter referred to as the "Old Basic Act") for 1999 has not been submitted

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to the Diet by the time when this Act comes into effect, the provisions then in

force remain applicable to the submission of the report set forth in said

paragraph to the Diet.

(2) If the report set forth in Article 6, paragraph (1) of the Old Basic Act has been

submitted to the Diet pursuant to the provisions of said paragraph before this

Act comes into effect or if the report set forth in said paragraph has been

submitted to the Diet pursuant to the provisions of said paragraph where the

provisions then in force are to remain applicable pursuant to the provisions of

the preceding paragraph, such report is deemed to have been submitted to the

Diet as the report set forth in Article 14, paragraph (1) pursuant to the

provisions of said paragraph.

(3) If the document set forth in Article 7 of the old Basic Act for 1999 has not

been submitted to the Diet by the time this Act comes into effect, the

provisions then in force remain applicable to the submission of the document

set forth in said Article to the Diet.

(4) If the document set forth in Article 7 of the Old Basic Act has been submitted

to the Diet pursuant to said Article before this Act comes into effect or if the

document set forth in said Article has been submitted to the Diet pursuant to

the provisions of said Article where the provisions then in force are to remain

applicable pursuant to the provisions of the preceding paragraph, such

document is deemed to have been submitted to the Diet as the document set

forth in Article 14, paragraph (2) pursuant to the provisions of said paragraph.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No.102 of July 16, 1999] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the date on which the Act for Partial

Revision of the Cabinet Act (Act No. 88 of 1999) comes into effect; provided,

however, that the provisions set forth in the following items comes into effect

as of the dates specified respectively in those items:

(ii) Article 10, paragraphs (1) and (5), Article 14, paragraph (3), and Articles 23,

28 and 30 of the Supplementary Provisions: the date of promulgation

(Succession of the Status of Officials)

Article 3 Persons who, at the time when this Act comes into effect, have been

officials of the former Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of

Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health

and Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of

International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Posts and

Telecommunications, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Construction or Ministry

of Home Affairs (hereinafter referred to as a "Former Ministry or Agency" in

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this Article) (excluding chairpersons and members of the councils, etc. set forth

in Article 8 of the National Government Organization Act (Act No. 120 of 1948),

members of the Central Disaster Management Council, the chairperson and

members of the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, and those specified

by Cabinet Order as persons similar thereto) are to, unless an appointment is

announced separately, become officials with a corresponding status under the

same working conditions of the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and

Communications, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of

Finance, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and

Fisheries, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land,

Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, or Ministry of the Environment after

this Act comes into effect (hereinafter referred to as the "New Ministry or

Agency" in this Article) or a department or organization established

thereunder, which is specified by Cabinet Order as the New Office or Ministry,

or the department or organization established thereunder that corresponds to

the Former Office or Ministry or the department or organization established

thereunder to which said official belongs at the time when this Act comes into

effect.

(Transitional Measures Specified Separately)

Article 30 In addition to what is provided for in Article 2 through the preceding

Article, any necessary transitional measures for the enforcement of this Act are

specified separately by other Acts.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No.107 of June 2, 2000] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of October 1, 2000.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No.116 of June 7, 2000] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the day specified by Cabinet Order

within a period not exceeding one year from the date of promulgation.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No.126 of December 4, 2002] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of April 1, 2003; provided, however, that

the provisions of Articles 9 through 18 and Articles 20 through 25 of the

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Supplementary Provisions comes into effect as of October 1, 2003.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No.73 of June 11, 2003] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the day specified by Cabinet Order

within a period not exceeding three months from the date of promulgation.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 89 of July 29, 2005] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the day specified by Cabinet Order

within a period not exceeding six months from the date of promulgation

(hereinafter referred to as the "Effective Date"); provided, however, that the

provisions of the following paragraph and Article 27 of the Supplementary

Provisions comes into effect as of the date of promulgation.

(Delegation to Cabinet Order)

Article 27 In addition to what is provided for in these Supplementary Provisions,

any necessary transitional measures for the enforcement of this Act are

specified by Cabinet Order.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 88 of June 21, 2006] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of April 1, 2007; provided, however, that

the provisions of Articles 3 and 7 of the Supplementary Provisions comes into

effect as of the date of promulgation, and the provisions of Article 4, paragraph

(1) apply to income pertaining to target agricultural products in and after fiscal

year 2007.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 89 of June 21, 2006] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of April 1, 2007; provided, however, that

the provisions of Articles 4, 7 and 9 of the Supplementary Provisions comes

into effect as of the date of promulgation.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 112 of December 15, 2006] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

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1. This Act comes into effect as of the date of promulgation.

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 38 of May 23, 2008] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the day specified by Cabinet Order

within a period not exceeding six months from the date of promulgation

Supplementary Provisions [Act No. 25 of April 24, 2009] [Extract]

(Effective Date)

Article 1 This Act comes into effect as of the day specified by Cabinet Order

within a period not exceeding six months from the date of promulgation.

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