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Your wagyu beef may be getting even pricier

Business Nov 13, 2018

Your wagyu beef may be getting even pricier

The world's most pampered cows are finding that a key supplement in their carefully designed diet is getting harder to come by thanks to thousands of pigs falling sick in China. Japan's wagyu, known for its soft, fatty and marbled meat, is dependent on China ...

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

In the hills between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world's largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It's the company's second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — keeping the ...

Climate change threat sends Japan's Key Coffee on bean hunt

Business Jul 12, 2018

Climate change threat sends Japan's Key Coffee on bean hunt

Coffee lovers beware: Climate change is threatening supplies of high-quality beans, with one coffee house hunting for the perfect bean to withstand warmer conditions. Tokyo's Key Coffee Inc. is testing 35 varieties of Arabica trees in Indonesia in collaboration with World Coffee Research of Oregon ...

End of 47-year Japan rice program signals boost for ramen wheat

Business Dec 27, 2017

End of 47-year Japan rice program signals boost for ramen wheat

The end of Japan's four decades of rice-market control could be good news for noodle lovers. That's because rice farmers may plant alternative crops like wheat once government control ends by March 31 and look to tap into rising demand for ramen. Fukuoka Prefecture is ...