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Prices down for Japan-grown matsutake thanks to good weather

National Nov 11, 2018

Prices down for Japan-grown matsutake thanks to good weather

Domestic matsutake mushrooms, usually a high-priced autumn delicacy, have become more affordable due to a good harvest, with wholesale prices halving in some areas. Transaction volumes for Japan-grown matsutake rose 40 percent from a year earlier and they have been selling well due to lower ...

Business Nov 10, 2018

Nations set to decide fate of depleted bigeye tuna

Dozens of nations will convene in the coming week to decide the fate of one of the planet's most valuable fish: the bigeye tuna, backbone of a billion-dollar business that is severely overfished. Scientists shocked many in the industry last month when they warned that ...

National Nov 10, 2018

Japan and China agree to start regular talks on food safety

Japan and China have agreed to start having minister-class officials conduct regular talks mainly regarding food safety. The agreement was reached Friday at a meeting in Beijing between visiting Japanese agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa and Ni Yuefeng, minister of China's General Administration of Customs, which ...

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

Business / Tech Nov 1, 2018

As high-rise farms go global, Japan's Spread leads the way

by Aya Takada

In the hills between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara prefectures, surrounded by technology companies and startups, Spread Co. is preparing to open the world's largest automated leaf-vegetable factory. It's the company's second vertical farm and could mark a turning point for vertical farming — keeping the ...

Balkan chefs break pancake record

World / Offbeat Oct 27, 2018

Balkan chefs break pancake record

A team of Balkan chefs rustled up a record number of a pancakes on Friday, making 14,186 in eight hours at Sarajevo's tourist fair. Using 300 liters of oil, 600 kilograms of flour and 400 liters of milk, the 140 cooks from Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, ...