Hayato Ishii

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Japan's farming industry poised for automation revolution

Business / Tech Aug 4, 2017

Japan's farming industry poised for automation revolution

In a few years, robotic farming equipment will be able to plow and prepare soil while human farmers sleep. That is what Hokkaido University professor Noboru Noguchi and his team are aiming for as the nation's farmers age, with no successors in place. The improved use ...

Naha Airport hoping to become Asia cargo hub, helped by TPP

National Jul 24, 2016

Naha Airport hoping to become Asia cargo hub, helped by TPP

Naha Airport in Okinawa is striving to become a new logistics hub in Asia and is preparing for an expansion in trade expected if the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal takes force. One day in late June, the airport in the prefectural capital shifted into business mode ...

Borlaug's death upstaged by Ichiro MLB feat

National Oct 10, 2009

Borlaug's death upstaged by Ichiro MLB feat

U.S. agronomist Norman Borlaug had deep links with Japan and helped crossbreed a wheat seed it developed with other varieties to help other nations boost food output. Borlaug, who became known as the "Father of the Green Revolution" and received the Nobel Peace Prize in ...

Hardy rice strain finds foothold in Africa

National Jul 15, 2009

Hardy rice strain finds foothold in Africa

KAMPALA (Kyodo) At an elementary school in a small Ugandan village that has no running water or electricity, Eri Iwayama waits for rain. Early last year, Iwayama, a member of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, planted upland New Rice for Africa, known as NERICA, in ...

Co-op innovates to crack frozen-food mart

National Nov 14, 2008

Co-op innovates to crack frozen-food mart

When Hirokazu Kiuchi proposed six years ago that a farmers' marketing cooperative in Katori, Chiba Prefecture, start processing frozen spinach, he knew he was in for a fight. "We'll just lose money," one farmer groused. They had good reason to be wary. After all, they would ...

National Dec 19, 2006

Beatles' appeal transcends generations

Although the Beatles split up in 1970, the Fab Four's music continues to attract new generations of fans in Japan. "I could hardly believe my ears," said Hidenobu Kondo, 44, recalling the day two summers ago when he heard his then 2-year-old son, Ryuichi, suddenly ...

Beatles' appeal transcends generations

National Dec 19, 2006

Beatles' appeal transcends generations

Although the Beatles split up in 1970, the Fab Four's music continues to attract new generations of fans in Japan. "I could hardly believe my ears," said Hidenobu Kondo, 44, recalling the day two summers ago when he heard his then 2-year-old son, Ryuichi, suddenly ...