May 5, 2015

Australia chided over migrant labor abuse

Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crackdown on the exploitation of migrants laboring in farms and factories after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to “slave labor.” Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being paid ...

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Mar 31, 2015

Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry

Growers are vying to become the nation’s top strawberry brand as demand rises at home and abroad, and amid efforts to promote local produce and stimulate prefectural economies. Often bought as a gift for weddings, birthdays or parties, strawberries can command high prices in ...

Feb 26, 2015

Sewage sludge tapped for farming in ministry vegetable campaign

The infrastructure ministry is leading a project to produce tasty vegetables using sludge and water from sewage treatment plants. At a tasting event held by promoters of the Bistro Gesuido (sewage) project in Tokyo in December, housewives praised the taste of tomatoes and oranges ...

Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

Feb 13, 2015

Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine

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Making wine comes naturally to Ayana Misawa, having spent her childhood in vineyards watching her father and grandfather nurture cherished Koshu grapes, a variety known for its fresh and fruity overtones. Misawa and other winemakers in the wine hub of Yamanashi Prefecture are set ...

Feb 12, 2015

Annie get your gun: Japan wants youngsters to take up hunting

The government is urging young people to take up hunting as a sport amid rising complaints from farmers about crop damage caused by wild deer and boars. The damage costs farmers ¥20 billion each year, according to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry. Although ...

Oct 7, 2014

Aeon to begin large-scale rice farming under government program

Aeon Co. will begin rice production in Saitama Prefecture in 2015 by utilizing a government-backed farmland-leasing program, becoming the first major retailer to do so, sources said Tuesday. The move could prompt other companies to make use of the program, under which small pieces ...