Kentaro Kawazoe was one of Japan’s most successful and inspiring goat farmers. Sadly, he passed away in July 2021, leaving his legacy and one of the largest goat farms in Japan. This tribute is to remember him.
His goat story began in 2005 when he studied music composition in Germany. He found goat milk and meat at a grocery store, which he had never seen in Japan. Once he tried them, he was impressed by the tastes. After he came to Japan in 2009, he started working at a local farm cooperative and bought a pair of young goats at home. Kentaro learned a lot about agricultural subsidies in Japan through his job. His mother, Waka, who supported his ambition, also fell in love with goats and mainly took care of kids and sick animals while he was working.
The 21st Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting on Goat Pro-duction and Management was about to be canceled due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, thanks to the passion and dedication of organizers to make it happen, this annual meeting was held as a web-based meeting on March 25, 2020. All the changes from ordinal face to face meetings to virtual meetings had to happen very quickly. We would like to thank all the members who participated.
At present, Japanese agricultural policy and social situations are facing major changes. There is an emerging sense of crisis in the direction that has been pursued only for efficiency. Instead, maintaining and revitalizing forgotten mountainous areas have become a major issue. Moreover, the desire for agricultural education and healing people in urban areas has been also increased. Consequently, the use of goats is once again receiving attention.
During the Japan Goat Network (JGN) General Assembly held on November 4, 2017, I (Yoshitaka Nakanishi) was appointed as the new President and successor of former President Akio Imai, who has served since 2005. The JGN currently has more than 600 members including individuals and organizations, so it is a comparably sized association to some other academic organizations in Japan, or even larger. Representing such a large and diverse group might seem like a burden; however, I am willing to fulfill my mission during this term.
The JGN was founded in 1999 and the National Goat Summit, one of the main activities, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The greatest achievement that the JGN has been engaged in so far is revising the “Ministerial Ordinance on Component Standards of Milk and Dairy Products” (Food Sanitation Act, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance). For a long time, the Ministerial Ordinance constrained pasteurized goat milk production in Japan. In 2009, the JGN and the Japan Livestock Technology Association jointly requested a revision of sterilizing goat milk standards (milk fat contents 3.6% or more → 2.5% or more and milk solids nonfat 8.0% or more → 7.5% or more) to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. After five years, the revision was finally approved through the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council Subcommittee on December 26, 2014.
We would like to welcome our newest IGA institutional member, the Japan Goat Network.
The Japan Goat Network (JGN) was founded in 1999 by researchers and producers who value goats and their products. The founders started with reviewing the goat utilization and promoting its production in Japan saying, “goats save the world.” Goats were one of the very important proteins and socio-economic resources in Japan during the reconstruction period after WWII. They also played a great role to reduce poverty in the world.
Promoting goats with love.
The JGN promotes goats in Japan through sharing and exchanging information on goat management and production, goat milk and meat processing, product marketing, and other goat utilizations such as vegetation control, juvenile emotional education, and as companion animals among researchers, producers, and consumers as well as goat lovers.
Hello, goat lovers throughout the world!
I was appointed Country Representative (CR) of the International Goat Association for Japan in May 2018. Goat raising has become fashionable in recent years in my country, although the population of goats is only around 20,000. Goat keepers raise goats not only for dairy and meat purposes but also for weeding, education, companion animals, etc. Nonetheless, goat raising in Japan is facing some issues.
One of these issues is to establish a feeding standard for goats raised in Japan. As Japanese standards for nutrient requirements of goats do not exist at present, goat keepers have been using the nutrient requirement tables published by the National Research Council (NRC) for feeding goats. The NRC requirements, however, sometimes do not seem to fit Japanese goat conditions. The Japan Goat Network, the only national organization for goat lovers in Japan, has initiated collecting references and is in the process of creating a temporary feeding standard. Complete feeding standards will be established for goats in Japan in the near future.
Country Representative for Japan
Yoshi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Meijo University. He is the Country Coordinator for the Asian Australasian Dairy Goat Network and the current Secretariat for the Japan Goat Network. Yoshi is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries.
The 19th Japan National Goat Summit was held in Minokamo City, Gifu on November 3 - 4, 2017. The theme of the Summit was “Feel, Learn, Work, Connect, and Create through Goats.”
The 18th Japan National Summit, entitled “Ecological Life and Agriculture with Goats,” took place on November 12-13, 2016 in Aso, Kumamoto. The Aso area was severely damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 foreshock on April 14 followed by a magnitude 7.0 main-shock on April 15, which killed more than 50 people and evacuated 44,000.
The organizers faced difficulties in implementation of the Summit this year; however, they decided to make the Summit as a symbol of recovery. With their strong tie and efforts, the Summit was successfully conducted. Despite harsh accessibility due to reconstruction and damaged roads, the Summit welcomed more than 280 participants from all over the country.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.