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 ...

The future of rice farming in Japan

Jan 29, 2016

The future of rice farming in Japan

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Rice has been at the center of Japan’s economy and culture for centuries. But changes are afoot. There is growing concern among Japanese farmers that the country’s rice-producing capabilities are diminishing in the face of international trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In ...

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Jan 8, 2016

Rice remains Japanese staple, despite popularity waning

Rice remains a Japanese staple but per-head consumption has fallen consistently for more than half a century as diets have diversified. Since the end of World War II, the dinner table has undergone significant changes in Japan. In the aftermath of the war, many ...

Nov 1, 2015

U.S. rice group urges Japan to open retail market

The USA Rice Federation, in a report submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, effectively called on Japan to open its retail rice market to U.S. imports. While noting that market access for rice identified as U.S. origin in Japan is “limited ...