The latest estimated value of "food loss" that is discarded due to leftover food was announced on the 30th, and in 2019, it was 5.7 million tons per year in Japan, a decrease of 300,000 tons from the previous year.

It is necessary to reduce the amount by more than 10% to the reduction target in 2030, and the national government plans to take further measures while paying close attention to the effects of the new coronavirus infection.

This was revealed by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Wakamiya at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 30th.

According to this, the amount of food loss in Japan was estimated in 2019 to

be 3.09 million tons for business-related products such as unsold products


companies and

2.61 million tons for household-related

products such

as leftover food at home, totaling 5.7 million tons per year. about it.

This is 300,000 tons less than the previous year, a decrease for the fourth consecutive year, but when converted to per capita, it means that one cup of rice is thrown away every day.

The national government has set a goal of halving food loss from 9.8 million tons in 2000 by 2030, and it will be necessary to reduce it by more than 10% to achieve the target.

Regarding "food loss," the "Food Loss Reduction Promotion Law" was enforced in October 2019, and it is required to work on reduction at various stages from production to consumption.

Minister Wakamiya said, "The style of eating is changing due to the influence of corona, but I would like you to raise awareness of reducing food loss whether you eat at home or outside. The government as a whole to achieve the goal. I would like to work on it as a command tower and further promote it. "