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Aya Takada
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 5, 2016
Miyazaki sturgeon farm serves up export-ready caviar
Amid the volcanic peaks and hot springs of southern Japan, something fishy is going on: caviar.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 16, 2015
Shift from Australian to European barley providing relief for struggling wagyu beef farmers
The most expensive meat in the world is getting a little cheaper to produce.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 19, 2015
Textile firm places bet on Japan's ¥1.2 trillion health food market
Faced with tightening competition for the textiles it's been making for almost 100 years, Omikenshi Co. is trying to get into the health-food business, using its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 16, 2015
Japan flying surplus fish across Asia as domestic demand falls
The country that gave the world sushi now finds itself with too much fish.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 31, 2015
¥100 convenience-store coffees fuel Japan's surge into Java big leagues
The fastest-growing drinks market in Japan isn't craft beer or fruit smoothies. It's cups of cheap black coffee from the local convenience store.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 13, 2015
Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan
Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan's biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 24, 2015
Abe turns to veteran of TPP talks as new farm minister
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe taps a veteran of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations as his new agriculture minister as he seeks to wrap up an agreement this year that will require wringing concessions from the powerful farm lobby.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 1, 2014
Abe needs to butter up dairy industry as weakening yen wreaks havoc
Japan's dairies and cake lovers just cannot seem to catch a break.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 23, 2014
Seafood a sweet spot in Japanese exports as yen weakens
Seafood is a sweet spot in Japanese exports this year that is pushing sales of food abroad to a record and gaining strength as the yen weakens.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 8, 2014
Aeon starts large-scale rice production as companies replace farmers
Aeon Co., the nation's largest supermarket chain, now plans to become the nation's largest rice grower.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 8, 2014
Women armed with chain saws head to the hills under Abe's growth plan
Junko Otsuka quit her job in Tokyo and headed for the woods, swapping a computer for a bush cutter and her air-conditioned office for the side of a mountain.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 4, 2014
Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food
Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country.
BUSINESS
Jun 16, 2014
LDP primes farm sector for ventures
The Liberal Democratic Party wants to increase corporate participation in agriculture to boost the competitiveness of Japanese farms as pressure increases to cut import tariffs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 29, 2014
Farmers find a new cash crop in solar power field
The campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners: vegetable farmers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 3, 2014
Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver
Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his "wagyu" calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against the spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 8, 2014
Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports
Farmers on Japan's west coast will sow Nihonbare rice this year for the first time in a decade as growers around the country return to older varieties to meet demand for record sake exports.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011
Iitate 'wagyu' farmers blast evacuation order
Takeshi Yamada frowns as he surveys his herd of 28 "wagyu" beef cattle, prized for their marbled meat and fetching as much as ¥1 million per head.
BUSINESS
Apr 8, 2011
Fish exported to EU issued certificates of origin
Japan issued certificates for fish exports to the European Union after it said only products that don't exceed radiation limits or are from areas unaffected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear accident would be allowed, the Fisheries Agency said.
JAPAN
May 6, 2009
Sake maker to use imported rice for ethanol
Oenon Holdings Inc., a maker of sake and liquor, will start ethanol production this year at the nation's largest biofuel plant using rice imported by the government.
BUSINESS
Aug 28, 2007
Japan to relax restrictions on U.S. beef imports
Japan, once the largest buyer of U.S. beef, will take further steps to relax curbs on American beef imports first imposed in 2003 after the discovery of mad cow disease in Washington state, a Japanese official said.

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