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Prices down for Japan-grown matsutake thanks to good weather

National Nov 11, 2018

Prices down for Japan-grown matsutake thanks to good weather

Domestic matsutake mushrooms, usually a high-priced autumn delicacy, have become more affordable due to a good harvest, with wholesale prices halving in some areas. Transaction volumes for Japan-grown matsutake rose 40 percent from a year earlier and they have been selling well due to lower ...

New foreign worker status raises hopes in industries short of staff

National Nov 9, 2018

New foreign worker status raises hopes in industries short of staff

The envisaged new status for foreign workers in Japan is raising hopes in industries facing severe labor shortages, such as the restaurant and manufacturing sectors. The new residence status "will help us hire more talented foreign workers," an official of a major izakaya (traditional Japanese ...

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

National Nov 7, 2018

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

An agricultural high school in Hokkaido — its survival once at stake due to a shortage of students — has bounced back by earning fame through the delicious lamb produced by its pupils. The Hokkaido Embetsu Agricultural High School, the sole high school in the ...

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

by Aya Takada

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 ...