Quake damage makes rice planting in Kumamoto all but impossible

May 11, 2016

Quake damage makes rice planting in Kumamoto all but impossible

Damage to rice paddies in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture has left many rice farmers unable to plant seedlings this spring. The string of earthquakes that rocked the prefecture have left a trail of devastation in their wake, including cracks that have been confirmed in at ...

Nov 14, 2015

Government eyes extra budget worth around ¥3.5 trillion

The government is likely to compile an extra budget worth around ¥3.5 trillion ($28.5 billion) at the end of this year to help farmers boost their global competitiveness and finance social security measures, sources said Saturday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will instruct ministries to ...

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Oct 11, 2015

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Hiroshi Moriyama, the new farm minister, stressed in a recent interview that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will provide Japanese farmers with opportunities to boost sales in overseas markets. “We’ve secured tariff cuts and elimination for beef, rice, tea and fishery products” from other countries ...