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 ...

A life of lettuce has its benefits

| Jun 28, 2014

A life of lettuce has its benefits

by Michael Hoffman

Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce. There’s a village in Nagano Prefecture called Kawakami — nothing, nowhere little place, deep in the mountains, far from the main road, population 3,960. Why does Shukan Gendai magazine devote three full pages to profiling it? ...

Jun 16, 2014

LDP primes farm sector for ventures

by Aya Takada

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, ...

May 15, 2014

'Third water' makes aquaculture possible in Cambodian mountains

A Japanese technique for creating artificial river and seawater is expected to enable Cambodian farmers to open three prawn farms this summer — in the mountains. The artificial water is a blend of fresh water and a carefully measured mix of minerals, including salts ...