Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

May 23, 2017

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Apple growers are increasingly going into the cider business, often with government assistance aimed at revitalizing regional economies that are grappling with the prospect of aging and dwindling populations, especially among farmers. As is the case in many agricultural areas in the country, the graying ...

Government ordered not to open Isahaya dike gates

Apr 18, 2017

Government ordered not to open Isahaya dike gates

The Nagasaki District Court ordered the government on Monday to keep the gates of the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture closed — a judgment in direct contradiction with a 2010 high court ruling to open the gates for the sake of local fishermen. In ...

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 least ...