Tag - farming



Dark Side Tomatoes have created an online buzz for Soga Farm in Niigata Prefecture.
Jul 27, 2023
Tomato farmer hits sweet spot with viral marketing of unusual breeds
Soga Farm's Dark Side Tomatoes breed has generated the facility a large following online.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2022
On Japan's farms, a weakening yen adds to slow-burning discontent
The yen's slide to a more than two-decade low this year has hit Japan's farmers hard, making the already high cost of imported feed, fuel and fertilizer even more difficult to afford.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2022
Ukraine’s farmers fight on the front line of global food crisis
Ukraine is the world's largest producer of sunflower oil and ranks among the top six exporters of wheat, corn, chicken and even honey.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2022
Rising fertilizer costs are catching up to rice farmers, threatening supplies
Yields could drop 10% in the next season, translating to a loss of 36 million tons of rice, or the equivalent of feeding 500 million people.
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2022
As Kenyans farm in forests, incomes rise and deforestation falls
The country sees small-scale farming on forest land as an essential pillar of its commitment to have 10% of the country covered with trees by the end of this year.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2022
Asian farmers turn to drones and apps for labor amid climate challenges
While agricultural technology 'help farmers produce more with less water, land, inputs, energy and labor,' it also poses risks from job losses to social inequities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2021
Experimental AI tech lending a helping hand to fruit producers in Japan
Machines are providing farmers with information on the best time for fruit to be harvested, based on data from photographs.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 17, 2021
Both plants and people thrive when you garden with the neighbors
Since the start of the pandemic, community gardens have become more popular than ever. And surprisingly, spring isn't the only time to get your garden growing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 31, 2021
Nendo’s Petit Market is a little farm stand with a big impact
Known for cutting-edge designs that transform everyday items into the extraordinary, Nendo is turning its attention to food waste and rural areas with its version of Japan's mujinhanbaijo.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 13, 2021
A Japan-trained Philippine farmer makes a future for himself and his home
Most sectors of the Philippine economy recorded a deep decline in 2020 due to months of lockdown arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2020
Angry Indian farmers are ‘ready to die’ in showdown with Modi
The Indian prime minister has stood his ground against the protesters, saying Nov. 29 that the controversial new laws gave farmers 'new rights and new opportunities.”
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Women of Taste
Nov 7, 2020
Dawn Club culinary group shines a light on Tsugaru’s traditional cuisine
Odds are you've never heard of Tsugaru, or its culinary history. But one group of farmers is trying to keep traditional dishes alive.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2020
Tepco unit launches giant vertical farm in Shizuoka powered by artificial lighting
The LED-powered farm can yield up to 5 tons of produce a day, making it one of the largest such facilities in the world and a boon to Japan's aging farmers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 20, 2020
Sri Lankan asparagus farmer puts down roots in Nara village
As her operation has grown, Udara Kametani has been able to provide fresh produce to around 50 stores around the Kansai region.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Food Sustainability in Japan
Feb 15, 2020
Free-range eggs from Tottori help crack regional revitalization
A queue of people snakes alongside a shiny glass cafe, with many resigned to a two-hour wait. Their goal: some simple yet famously fluffy pancakes. This could be a typical scene from the trendy Harajuku neighborhood in Tokyo. Except this cafe is surrounded by hills of luscious green, hidden in the small town of Yazu, deep in Tottori Prefecture. A decade ago, there used to be a grand total of zero visitors, but last year, 350,000 flocked to the area — thanks to one man and his free-range eggs.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2019
[VIDEO] Kurkku Fields forever: a sustainable farm in Chiba for the next generation
With the backing of music producer Takeshi Kobayashi, Kurkku Fields opened in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture in early November.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2019
Crop invaders: China's small farmers struggle to defeat flying pest fall armyworm
Yan Wenliu leans on the side of his cart as he prepares to leave his sugarcane field in Southwest China, bewildered by the formidable new pest that has ambushed his crops this year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 18, 2019
Twitter's former CFO joins SoftBank-backed farming startup Plenty
Twitter Inc.'s former chief financial officer has joined SoftBank Group Corp.-backed Plenty Inc. in the same role as the indoor farming startup prepares for international expansion and improvements to its vertical growing technology.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2019
Tomoko Houtzager: Moving to the bush just to live off the land
A WWOOF trip to Australia leads to a new way of life for a former city girl.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?