Tag - agriculture



May 1, 2014
Heavy metal contaminants stalk China's farms
China released a report in April disclosing that much of its arable land is contaminated with heavy metals that are entering the food chain. It doesn't bode well for consumers and suggests that China increasingly will have to import food.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 29, 2014
TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief
A Pacific Rim trade agreement may have to proceed without Japan if Tokyo fails to open its agricultural markets to imports, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2014
Granpa leads high-tech revolution in farming
A 70-year-old entrepreneur is promoting the indoor, computer-assisted cultivation of vegetables to establish a business model that can draw young people back to agriculture.
Apr 25, 2014
Reforming Japan's farming sector
A government panel has dismissed as inadequate a JA Zenchu reform plan aimed at making Japan's farming sector more competitive.
Apr 7, 2014
Pork production slashed amid hog virus outbreak
The most deadly outbreak of a hog virus in 18 years is raising pork prices and may raise imports from the biggest buyer, supporting a record rally in Chicago.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 8, 2014
Farmers not waiting for politicians
When it comes to trade policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a choice between the fears of an aging farm lobby and the hopes of suburban families.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2014
'Hometown' firm helps new city folk aid farm kin
Mitsushi Kodama established Jimoto Co. in Tokyo in April 2012 to sell rice, vegetables and other farm products together with people who, like himself, have moved to the capital but still want to support their families.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2013
No country for small-time rice farmers
In the suburbs of Tokyo, rice farmer Koichi Yuge is weighing how the government's change of heart on controlling rice prices will impact his 300-year-old family business.
Japan Times
Dec 11, 2013
Bridging Japan-U.S. gaps key to keeping TPP ball rolling
After failing to reach a deal by the much-touted 2013 deadline, the 12 economies negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership have pledged to keep striving for solutions to thorny issues, with the prospect of Japan-U.S. talks over farm products and cars as one of the keys for an early conclusion of the...
Dec 10, 2013
Japan aims to double farm exports by 2020
The Abe administration says it will double agricultural exports to ¥1 trillion by 2020, strengthening the farm industry despite the threat of fierce competition once Japan opens its markets more to foreign products under free trade accords.
Nov 20, 2013
Japan Finance Ministry to call for end of farm protection
A Finance Ministry panel will propose that the government end protective measures for farmers in a bid to bolster the competitiveness of Japan's agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ministry sources said.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2013
Engine economics limit biofuels in U.S.
When it comes to ethanol, the United States may have reached its limit — at least for now.
Nov 12, 2013
Farm, business lobbies push tie-ups
The nation's largest farm and business lobbies have agreed to increase tie-ups to boost the competitiveness of the domestic agricultural industry as Japan and 11 other countries try to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the end of the year.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2013
Ethanol from cellulose falls short of expectations
In Emmetsburg, Iowa, America's largest maker of ethanol for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing plant that will rely not on corn, but on the stalks and cobs left behind.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 6, 2013
Abe team seeks to kill rice program by 2018
The Abe administration proposed Wednesday abolishing in 2018 the decades-old government program of limiting paddy usage to keep rice prices high, a landmark policy shift that would increase competition among domestic farmers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 4, 2013
Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels
Flip on a television anywhere across Washington state and within minutes the barrage of advertisements makes clear that the latest fight over whether to require companies to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients has turned expensive and polarizing — not to mention perplexing for many...
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 27, 2013
Scientists now creating 'app-style' life-forms
For scientist Jack Newman, creating a new life-form has become as simple as this: He types out a DNA sequence on his laptop, and clicks "send." And nearby in the laboratory, robotic arms start to mix together some compounds to produce the desired cells.
Oct 25, 2013
Farmers to focus on fighting fat in face of tariff cuts
From rice for controlling blood glucose levels to soybeans that reduce fatty acids, the government is seeking new ways to make money from agriculture as pressure mounts to cut the tariffs that farmers rely on to make a living.
Oct 25, 2013
Rice subsidies for big players only?
The Abe administration and ruling bloc are planning to make large-scale farms the only recipients of rice subsidies as a way to improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, officials said Friday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Oct 11, 2013
Africa becomes GMO battleground
When the bell rang at midday, students fetched tin bowls and lined up under trees in the schoolyard for scoops of corn and bean porridge. Not one of them was fussy about the food.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan