Tag - agriculture



Sep 21, 2013
Four TPP members offer to kill all tariffs
Four of the countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal offer total tariff elimination on all farm and industrial goods, pressuring Japan to follow suit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 9, 2013
JR Kyushu expanding agriculture business as railway revenue slows
With revenue from its mainstay railway business slowing, Kyushu Railway Co. is aiming to generate annual sales of ¥1 billion from its farming ventures in two years, a roughly fivefold increase from fiscal 2012.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2013
'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs
Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic "agripreneurism" effort.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 4, 2013
Bacteria-killing chemicals may be masking salmonella
The Agriculture Department is reviewing research that shows new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the meat that consumers buy, according to records and interviews.
Jul 28, 2013
Farmers can't bank on Abe
Japan's farmers must scrutinize what Shinzo Abe says so as not to be deceived by him again. The prime minister has never promised to protect their future.
Jun 28, 2013
How will Japan's farms survive?
One hindrance to the Abe government's agricultural growth policy could be the terms of trade for Japan if it participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Jun 1, 2013
After Japan joins talks, China considering TPP
China says it is studying the possibility of joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, about a month after the existing 11 members allowed Japan to join the negotiations.
Japan Times
May 14, 2013
Nonagricultural firms helping farms rebound
Close to Narita International Airport, on a 6.7-hectare patch of ground where spinach, radishes, "komatsuna" and carrots are grown, stands a white sign with the words "Lawson Farm" in blue lettering.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 25, 2013
LDP election strategy: double farming income
To shore up Japan's declining farm sector and mollify TPP critics, the Liberal Democratic Party proposes doubling farmers' incomes over the next 10 years.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 20, 2013
Climate change feared to create global food crisis
When Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire Dec. 17, 2010, it was in protest at heavy-handed treatment and harassment in his province. But a host of new studies suggest that a major factor in the subsequent uprisings that became known as the Arab Spring was food insecurity.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2013
Hokkaido opposition to TPP surges
On a late March afternoon in central Sapporo's "raccoon trail," a covered shopping arcade, business is particularly brisk. While Honshu's main cities celebrate under the cherry blossoms, several meters of snow remain piled up beside icy sidewalks — with more expected.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 8, 2013
Japan, Australia achieve FTA breakthrough on farm products
Japan and Australia reach a broad agreement on trading farm products, clearing a major hurdle in their pursuit of a bilateral free-trade agreement.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 18, 2013
Irish GM spud resists blight but not mistrust
Ewen Mullins is the face of modern Ireland. Young, cosmopolitan and highly educated, he is a plant scientist whose work on a genetically modified potato looks to the future. But Mullins also must think back to one of Ireland's darkest chapters, the Great Famine of the 1840s.
Mar 13, 2013
Rally staged in Tokyo to protest Japan's entry into TPP talks
The nation's largest farm lobby and consumer groups linked to the sector staged a protest rally Tuesday in Tokyo ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expected announcement that Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2013
Child's quibble with U.S. 'poverty superpower' propaganda unravels a sobering story about insular Japan
Last November, a reader in Hokkaido named Stephanie sent me an article read in Japan's elementary schools. Featured in a sixth-grader magazine called Chagurin (from "child agricultural green") dated December 2012, it was titled "Children of America, the Poverty Superpower" (hinkon taikoku Amerika no...
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2013
U.S. top court to weigh biotech patent limits
Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto's pursuit of new products it says will "feed the world."
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2011
Traditional paddies are great ecosystems
Japan's rice-farming areas face two broad trends: field abandonment and farm modernization. Both impact the environment as well as the economy.
Mar 13, 2011
Japan as a rice culture? Not so quick, says anthropologist
What could be more Japanese than rice? Without the pearly white grain there would be no mochi (rice cakes) at New Year's or sake at shrines, no sushi, no lunchtime onigiri (rice balls), no verdant paddies to mark summer in the countryside.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Nov 5, 2009
New faces down on the farm
Whether it's in a country field or on a high-rise rooftop, the self-sufficiency benefits of farming are inspiring more Japanese to till the soil.
Jun 2, 2009
More attention to agriculture
In the midst of a severe economic downturn, attention tends to focus on how to strengthen the nation's industrial sector. But attention also should be paid to agricultural policies. Agricultural administration is directly related to food safety and agricultural development can not only increase employment...


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