Feb 2, 2016

Kyoto-based firm to debut world's first robot-run indoor farm

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops. Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 ...

Dec 6, 2013

Diet enacts law to consolidate the nation's farmland

The Diet has enacted a bill to consolidate small and scattered plots of farmland to boost the agricultural sector’s competitiveness. The Upper House passed the bill late Thursday by a majority vote with support from parties including the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New ...

Nov 12, 2013

Farm, business lobbies push tie-ups

The nation’s largest farm and business lobbies have agreed to increase tie-ups to boost the competitiveness of the domestic agricultural industry as Japan and 11 other countries try to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the end of the year. The two sides agreed ...

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Mar 16, 2013

Beef, wheat may be sacrificed in talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may sacrifice barriers protecting Japan’s beef and wheat farmers to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord, a former government adviser on farm policy said. Still, Abe’s administration will fight to maintain tariffs on rice, sugar and dairy products, said Shinichi ...