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Chilly Ishinomaki taps olive oil to boost tsunami recovery

National Dec 17, 2019

Chilly Ishinomaki taps olive oil to boost tsunami recovery

The scene of olive trees bearing green and black fruit in November is growing familiar to residents of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, a city that often sees temperatures drop to below zero in the winter months. "When I heard the olive growing plan, I wondered if ...

Craft beer boom spells hope for hops in Iwate town

Food & Drink Oct 10, 2019

Craft beer boom spells hope for hops in Iwate town

Encouraged by the craft beer boom, the city of Tono in Iwate Prefecture has been welcoming outsiders wanting to try new ways to revive its hop-growing industry and transform the community into a "beer town." Japan imports about 95 percent of hops for domestic beer ...