More women taking up farming in Japan

National | 2017 NEW YEAR SPECIAL Jan 1, 2017

More women taking up farming in Japan

by Hiroaki Ueda

Farming in Japan is no longer a man's business. Women are increasing their presence in Japanese agricultural communities traditionally dominated by men. Struggling with male-centered values, some women farmers have joined hands to find ways to survive and prosper after taking over their family agricultural ...

National Jun 10, 2014

Retired Hokkaido farmer describes rural plight in novels

by Eriko Aoyagi

Novelist Hiroshi Tamai, a 79-year-old self-described "peasant writer," is proud that he persisted with his craft through the toughest years as a cattle farmer in Betsukai, eastern Hokkaido. In the mid-1950s, the Japanese government sought young people to join a pilot project to cultivate the ...

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

National Apr 11, 2014

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

by Tomohiro Osaki

Kenichi Hasegawa is a man of conviction. Unlike most of his fellow Fukushima farmers, Hasegawa never believed a word uttered by the "experts" who repeatedly came to visit his village 40 km from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant after the nuclear catastrophe began and ...