'Hometown' firm helps new city folk aid farm kin

Jan 6, 2014

'Hometown' firm helps new city folk aid farm kin

by Asako Takaguchi

Mitsushi Kodama established Jimoto Co. in Tokyo in April 2012 to sell rice, vegetables and other farm products together with people who, like himself, have moved to the capital but still want to support their families. Kodama left Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, to study at ...

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

| Dec 5, 2013

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

by Atsushi Kodera

Members of the Kyoto-based nonprofit organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) defied danger and entered Afghanistan as soon as the brutal Taliban government had fallen. They have since continued their difficult humanitarian support activities for more than 10 years. This September, their ...

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

May 14, 2013

Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound

by Hiroko Nakata

Close to Narita International Airport, on a 6.7-hectare patch of ground where spinach, radishes, “komatsuna” and carrots are grown, stands a white sign with the words “Lawson Farm” in blue lettering. The farm, in the city of Katori, is indeed run by convenience store ...