Tag - farming



Japan Times
Oct 5, 2016
Government proposes country of origin labeling for all processed food
In a TPP-related move, the government tables a plan for country of origin labeling for all food products processed in Japan.
Japan Times
Aug 4, 2016
Big business creeps into agriculture as farmers dwindle
With traditional family farms on the wane, corporations are increasingly entering the agriculture sector, taking advantage of an updated law allowing them to lease farmland across the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 11, 2016
Foreigners illegally working on farms in Japan increase sharply
The number of foreigners working illegally on farms across the nation rose threefold over the three year period ending in 2015, according to government data.
May 15, 2016
Transplanted Fukushima farmer opens heart, hearth in new Fukui guest farm
A Fukushima farmer who relocated to Fukui when the nuclear disaster started in 2011 is running a farming-related guesthouse in a rural area of the prefecture in hopes of revitalizing the depopulating region that supported him during difficult times.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2016
Hokkaido agricultural school faces challenges amid enrollment drought
For two decades, the Ladies Farm School in the Hokkaido town of Shintoku has been offering a unique opportunity for women interested in agriculture to gain first-hand experience and know-how through apprenticeships with local farmers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 18, 2016
Fukushima's organic farmers still battle stigma
"All publicity is good publicity." Nowhere does this specious PR maxim ring more hollow than in Fukushima Prefecture. As if the horrors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant weren't traumatic enough, the region's economic and agricultural recovery has been severely hampered by the reputational damage it has suffered since 3/11. If you think that's difficult, try farming organically in Fukushima.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 12, 2016
Happiness is a warm farm: How home cooking is reviving rural Yamagata
It's late January in Tokyo, and a rare 6-centimeter snowfall plunges the city's famously efficient transport network into chaos. Train lines report delays of up to four hours, leaving snaking lines of frustrated commuters steaming, despite the freezing temperatures.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 29, 2016
The future of rice farming in Japan
Rice has been at the center of Japan's economy and culture for centuries. But changes are afoot. There is growing concern among Japanese farmers that the country's rice-producing capabilities are diminishing in the face of international trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In fact, all local agriculture is in the spotlight as pressure mounts to increase local imports of overseas produce.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2016
Hokkaido women prove you don't need to marry a farmer to become one
Aspiring female farmers have traditionally had only two routes into the business in Japan — being born into a farming family or marrying a farmer.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2015
LDP submits proposals to help farmers cope with impact of TPP
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday compiled a set of proposals to help Japanese farmers and businesses cope with the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 7, 2015
Cheers to Hirosaki's latest use of its apples
If you ask someone about Aomori Prefecture, it is likely that the subject of apples would pop up in conversation sooner or later. The city of Hirosaki boasts the title of holding the highest apple crop yields in Japan, producing 160,000 tons of apples per year, and being home to more than 6,000 orchards and 3.12 million trees.
Oct 18, 2015
Farm chief eyes promotional blitz to brace for TPP
Hiroshi Moriyama, minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said Sunday the government will consider a new program to promote domestic farm products under the landmark free trade accord involving Japan, the United States and 10 other Pacific Rim countries.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2015
Osaka entrepreneur's improved coconut oil lifts Filipino fortunes
With the growing popularity of coconut oil-based health and cosmetics products in Japan, sales are strong at Cocowell Corp., which imports a traditionally made version of the oil from the Philippines.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2015
Rising anger in Thailand's boom-to-bust northeast
The rural heartland of Thailand's deposed leader Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled billionaire brother Thaksin is hurting as a result of the military government's economic policies, stirring discontent and the threat of protests.
Aug 3, 2015
Let's discuss rice and the TPP
Japan is proposing to set a 70,000-ton tariff-free import quota for U.S. rice in bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement, in return for maintaining a high tariff on the country's staple food.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2015
Reconsidering man's dominion over animals
If Pope Francis can change people's views of animal welfare, he will have done more good than any other pope in recent history.
Japan Times
Jun 13, 2015
Ojika's residents beat the rat race by abandoning it, bucking a national trend in the process
If only there was an island somewhere ...
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2015
Growers vie to produce Japan's tastiest, best-looking strawberry
Growers are vying to become the nation's top strawberry brand as demand rises at home and abroad, and amid efforts to promote local produce and stimulate prefectural economies.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 13, 2015
Vintners see bright future for Koshu wine
Making wine comes naturally to Ayana Misawa, having spent her childhood in vineyards watching her father and grandfather nurture cherished Koshu grapes, a variety known for its fresh and fruity overtones.
Feb 11, 2015
JA-Zenchu reform just a first step
The reform of JA-Zenchu alone will not make Japan's troubled agricultural sector more competitive.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on