Tag - farming



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.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2014
Companies finally learning women make up half of all farmers
Ask a female farmer about the equipment available to her and she may well complain about the lack of attractive working clothes or machinery that is just plain difficult to handle.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2014
Tokyo dwellers take to the land to cultivate own farm produce
Some residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area are beginning to cultivate their own vegetables through expert advice and rented land and tools at farms operated by Agrimedia Corp.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 7, 2014
Aeon to begin large-scale rice farming under government program
Aeon Co. will begin rice production in Saitama Prefecture in 2015 by utilizing a government-backed farmland-leasing program, becoming the first major retailer to do so, sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2014
Japan, South Korea can stop GMO testing, U.S. wheat official claims
Japan and South Korea are still testing the U.S. wheat they buy to make sure the grain is not contaminated with an experimental genetically modified version developed by Monsanto Co., but can stop the practice, the head of a U.S. wheat association said Thursday.
Sep 13, 2014
Japan's technology sought to turn Myanmar into major rice exporter
Myanmar is hungry to adopt Japanese farming techniques so it can modernize its antiquated rice industry and export its way out of poverty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 24, 2014
High-tech vegetable farms grow up
Singapore's small but advanced vegetable farming industry is attracting Japanese firms eager to invest in or adopt its technology
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2014
Future appears bright for indoor veggie farms
A 1,260-sq.-meter factory in Kashiwanoha, Chiba Prefecture, is kept extremely clean, shutting out external air because it affects product quality, and workers wear clean-room suits and take a warm shower before entering the facility.
Japan Times
Jul 24, 2014
Eel farmers face state regulation to manage new extinction risk
The government plans to impose regulations on eel farmers because the Japanese variety was internationally designated as a species at risk of extinction last month, government sources said.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2014
Old silk town embraces farm reforms in test of revival scheme
Tomiyoshi Kurogoushi sighs as he looks over the terraced rice fields in the mountains of west Japan that were tended by generations of his family. Most are now covered in weeds and silver grass.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2014
A life of lettuce has its benefits
Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce.
Jun 16, 2014
LDP primes farm sector for ventures
The Liberal Democratic Party wants to increase corporate participation in agriculture to boost the competitiveness of Japanese farms as pressure increases to cut import tariffs.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 14, 2014
Mystery over pig virus origins sparks concern
Swine veterinarian Bill Minton thought the baby pigs dying at a farm in western Ohio had a bad case of gastroenteritis and was stumped when lab results came back with no indication of what had killed them.
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.
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 5, 2013
NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid
Members of the Kyoto-based nonprofit organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) defied danger and entered Afghanistan as soon as the brutal Taliban government had fallen. They have since continued their difficult humanitarian support activities for more than 10 years.
Dec 1, 2013
A shift in rice production policy
It will take much more than an end to the rice paddy area reduction policy coupled with subsidies to turn Japanese agriculture into a growth sector as envisioned by the Abe administration.
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 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.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / WEEK 3
Jun 21, 2009
Drawn to the land
Considering that Japan is only 40 percent self-sufficient in terms of its food supply, few would dispute that the country's agriculture is in a deepening crisis.


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