Jun 15, 2016

SMBC to launch rice farming business in a first for Japanese bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will this fall launch a company to farm rice, officials said Wednesday. It will be Japan’s first major bank to enter the agricultural sector. The banking unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. aims to improve agricultural productivity and expand ...

Foreigners illegally working on farms in Japan increase sharply

Jun 11, 2016

Foreigners illegally working on farms in Japan increase sharply

The number of foreigners working illegally on farms across the nation rose threefold over the three year period ending in 2015, according to government data. The findings highlight the difficulties facing Japan’s agricultural sector, including labor shortages and the advanced age of many of ...

Japan firms boost bluefin farming as sea stocks decline

Mar 30, 2016

Japan firms boost bluefin farming as sea stocks decline

Japanese companies are increasingly looking to bluefin tuna farming as a source of growth as its population in the sea declines. Food-maker Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. is researching how to farm bluefin by artificially hatching eggs or fattening juvenile fish to maturity. Maruha Nichiro ...

Mar 20, 2016

Glass eel farming project hits wall

The government is facing an uphill battle to meet the target of producing 10,000 young Japanese eel from full-cycle farming in fiscal 2016 to establish a stable supply system for the fish, which is facing extinction. Attaining the figure remains a distant goal as ...

Fukushima's organic farmers still battle stigma

Mar 18, 2016

Fukushima's organic farmers still battle stigma


“All publicity is good publicity.” Nowhere does this specious PR maxim ring more hollow than in Fukushima Prefecture. As if the horrors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant weren’t traumatic enough, the region’s ...

Mar 4, 2016

Japan plans to publish a list of must-see sites of traditional farming

The agriculture ministry plans to create a Japanese version of the world agricultural heritage list, informed sources said Thursday. The list would help to pass on farming culture and promote regional development. Eight areas in Japan are registered on the Food and Agriculture Organization’s ...

Feb 1, 2016

Groups join forces in farming program for people with disabilities

Agriculture and welfare groups are joining hands to secure jobs for people with disabilities as part of a program that is also providing support to local farmers. Tama Kusamura no Kai, a nonprofit organization, is one such group, growing potatoes, green onions, spinach, shiitake ...