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Seafood a sweet spot in Japanese exports as yen weakens

Oct 23, 2014

Seafood a sweet spot in Japanese exports as yen weakens

Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that is pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens. Food shipments increased every month this year through September as the yen fell 4 percent, putting them ...

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Jul 4, 2014

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country. Asako Nagano and her colleagues at the agriculture ministry in Tokyo are part of a ...

Jun 16, 2014

LDP primes farm sector for ventures

The Liberal Democratic Party wants to increase corporate participation in agriculture to boost the competitiveness of Japanese farms as pressure increases to cut import tariffs. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party is considering allowing nonfood firms to take almost 50 percent stakes in farming entities, ...

Farmers find a new cash crop in solar power field

May 29, 2014

Farmers find a new cash crop in solar power field

The campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners: vegetable farmers. Makoto Takazawa and his father Yukio earned ¥1.7 million last fiscal year selling electricity from solar panels that hang in a giant canopy above their ...

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

Apr 3, 2014

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his “wagyu” calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against the spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. The 59-year-old Sekiguchi pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in the town of Kamisato, Saitama Prefecture, with customized ...

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

Jan 8, 2014

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

Farmers on Japan’s west coast will sow Nihonbare rice this year for the first time in a decade as growers around the country return to older varieties to meet demand for record sake exports. Overseas shipments of sake reached an all-time high of ¥8.5 ...

Iitate 'wagyu' farmers blast evacuation order

May 3, 2011

Iitate 'wagyu' farmers blast evacuation order

Takeshi Yamada frowns as he surveys his herd of 28 “wagyu” beef cattle, prized for their marbled meat and fetching as much as ¥1 million per head. “The government told us to evacuate, but we don’t want to leave our cattle behind,” said the ...

Apr 8, 2011

Fish exported to EU issued certificates of origin

Japan issued certificates for fish exports to the European Union after it said only products that don’t exceed radiation limits or are from areas unaffected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear accident would be allowed, the Fisheries Agency said. Food produced in 12 prefectures ...