May 29, 2014

U.S. farming lobby warns Japan on TPP

U.S. farm groups said Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if it insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. Akira Amari, a Cabinet minister in charge of the talks, told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week ...

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

Feb 26, 2014

Farms face ¥66 billion damage tab from snow

February’s heavy snows caused ¥65.8 billion in damage to agriculture in nine prefectures in eastern and central Japan, according to preliminary government estimates. Most of the damage was caused to greenhouses that collapsed under the heavy snowfall. The central government has decided to extend ...

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

Jan 26, 2014

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

by Yuko Fukaya

Smartphone apps that help farmers monitor crops and control costs are becoming popular as the rapid graying of the population continues to thin the ranks of skilled veterans in agriculture. Software developers are interested in developing applications for agriculture because the threat perceived from ...

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

Jan 15, 2014

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

The tomato-growing business is increasingly attracting attention from various industries in Japan, encouraging cross-sector cooperation in some cases where partners meld their respective strengths. Major trader Mitsui & Co. in September announced plans to launch grape tomato-growing operations in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. Mitsui imported ...

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 ...

LDP takes aim at rice farmers

Nov 3, 2013

LDP takes aim at rice farmers

In a major shift in farm policy, the government plans to stop controlling rice prices by halving subsidies to farmers who voluntarily reduce their harvests.

Safety net eyed for farmers after protections end

Oct 29, 2013

Safety net eyed for farmers after protections end

An insurance scheme is planned for rice farmers to buffer against possible drops in their income following the envisioned end to the rice production adjustment program by 2018, farm minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tuesday. Launched in 1970, the output adjustment program is intended to ...