L'idée qui germe au Japon de consacrer une partie des énormes réserves de change du pays à l'achat de matières premières industrielles est susceptible, si elle est appliquée, de provoquer des bouleversements économiques et financiers.
Major Japanese trading firms are cautious about Japan buying agricultural land overseas, growing food there and then importing it. One reason, it seems, is their past failures in the agriculture business.
“We are going to prepare a PEC [Proposal for a Constitutional Amendment] to make it clear to investors that they can invest in any sector except land”, Guilherme Cassel, Brazil's Minister for Agrarian Development says
"Vamos fazer uma PEC [Proposta de Emenda Constitucional] para deixar claro aos investidores que podem investir em qualquer campo, mas não em terras", informou o ministro do Desenvolvimento Agrário, Guilherme Cassel.
Recently, Kanayo Nwanze, head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told a news conference: "It is the wrong language to call them land grabs. They are investments in farmland--like investments in oil exploration."