Japan - Imported GM oilseed rape continues to spill from lorries and established feral populations remain viable.
The Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) have been continuing to conduct surveys of oilseed rape (canola) populations around Japanese ports.
2005 also saw the first citizens’ survey to look for GM oilseed rape plants growing wild in Japan. Samples were collected from a total of 1,169 inspection points in 23 prefectures. PCR tests showed that 14 samples were genetically modified oilseed rape.