Citizens' Biotechnology Information Center (CBIC)


English Archive: 2004

(Selected articles from Bio Journal in English)

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  • From Bio Journal - December 2004
    Trend: Developments in GM soybean cultivation in Hokkaido
    Non-food GM corn field-trials to be held in Shizuoka
    Attitude survey on GM food in Hokkaido
    MAFF approves a further three GM crops for cultivation
    Work begins on guidelines for the handling of genetic data by corporations
    Serious moves towards enactment of personal genetic data protection law underway
    MHLW, MEXT review gene therapy guidelines
    Closeup: Background to Hokkaido's GM regulation bylaw

  • From Bio Journal - November 2004
    Trend - GM soybean cultivation in Hokkaido
    Result of GM rice trial in Iwate
    Monsanto's GM OSR long-term trial in Tsukuba
    Gene expression occurs in second-generation chicken (Nikkei Biotech 2004/9/27)
    MAFF approves two new GM crop varieties
    MEXT establishes a working group on the human clone embryo
    Closeup: Developments and Problems Concerning the formulation of the Law on Personal Genetic Data

  • From Bio Journal - October 2004
    Trend - Hokkaido puts forward a concrete plan for "GM crop cultivation restriction bylaw"
    Detection of GM genes in 60% of NON-GM labelled tofu products
    Shiga Prefecture announces "GM crop cultivation restriction" guidelines
    Suspension of overall testing for BSE
    Basic line on use of cells from aborted fetuses unchanged
    Three ministries hold joint meeting on the handling of personal genetic data
    Closeup: The Dow Chemical cultivation trial suspension as an example of serious GM contamination

  • From Bio Journal - September 2004
    GMO compatible herbicides affect children's brains
    MAFF approves 7 GM plants/crops for cultivation
    JA vows to bail out of GM R&D
    Final report on use of human embryo comes before Cabinet Office Council for Science and Technology Policy
    Use of cells from aborted foetuses - unofficial activities
    Closeup - Background to the allegations of transfer of unlisted stock by university-based venture businesses

  • From Bio Journal - August 2004
    Serious GM canola pollution in Kashima port, Ibaraki Prefecture
    GM blue rose by Suntory & Florigene
    Current situation on GM wheat
    Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology panel grants first approval for preimplantation diagnosis
    Closeup: Railroading of approval for production of human clone embryo

  • From Bio Journal - July 2004
    Trend: Increased GM crop field trials, but cancellations continue
    Monsanto's GM soybean cultivation again?
    Meeting held to oppose worsening of the organ transplant law
    Council for Science and Technology Policy postpones conclusion on human embryo
    MEXT and MHWL set up committee to look into the handling of genetic information
    MEXT approves experiment on GE human ES cells
    Closeup: Cedar pollen allergenic GM rice

  • From Bio Journal - June 2004
    Feature: The Situation with GM Wheat in North America (Part Two)
    Trend: GM crops field trials begin in various locations
    Closeup: National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH) Prion Disease Research Center Holds Open Day

  • From Bio Journal - May 2004
    Feature: The Situation with GM Wheat in North America (Part One)
    Nippon Paper Industries to go ahead with GM eucalyptus field trial (Nikkei Biotech, 2004/3/29)
    Assessment on biodiversity impact starts in Japan
    MHLW, intensive discussion regarding the use of aborted foetuses
    Heated discussions over human embryo in Cabinet Office Council for Science and Technology Policy
    Closeup: Problems with the interim report on human embryos

  • From Bio Journal - April 2004
    Allergenic GM rice to be tested on animals (Nikkei Biotech 2004/02/16)
    Japanese laws concerning biosafety take effect
    Japan to ratify FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)
    Japanese CRO Association to formulate guidelines for clinical tests on food (Nikkei Biotech 2004/2/2)
    NIAS opposition to GE planting regulations (Nikkei Biotech 2004/2/16)
    LDP Investigation Committee completes revised law on organ transplants
    Council for Science and Technology Policy holds symposium for interim report on human embryo
    MEXT fast-tracks a new program using human ES cells
    Closeup: Prospects for local authorities' regulations and guidelines concerning GM crop cultivation

  • From Bio Journal - March 2004
    Ibaraki Prefecture announces GM crop cultivation restriction guidelines
    MHLW reports on three serious cases in gene therapy
    New GM food safety evaluation standards approved
    Two further GMO-GMO varieties approved
    Gene inserted into fish sperm
    Resumption of gene therapy using retrovirus
    Tokyo University Professor Yusuke Nakamura refuses debate with citizens

  • From Bio Journal - February 2004
    Trend: Lifting the import ban on bovine embryo from BSE-affected countries
    300 cloned cattle on the table!
    StarLink contamination still continues
    Suntory Ltd. strengthens GM flower business
    Discussions begin on amendment of guidelines for human ES cell research
    Interim report on handling of human embryos issued
    MHLW holds hearing on handling of deceased fetuses
    Increased dependence on GM for biodegradable plastics
    Closeup: New GM food safety evaluation standards
    Closeup: Guidelines for GM crop field trials

  • From Bio Journal - January 2004
    Trend: Outlook for GM crops and food in 2004
    "Substantial Equivalence" denied
    Draft standards presented to of Food Safety Commission GM panel
    MHLW establishes committee to appraise environmental impact of gene therapy
    Closeup: Recent developments concerning GM crops in Japan