Come what may, we're doing just fine

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK May 28, 2017

Come what may, we're doing just fine

by C.W. Nicol

Rain had started pelting the cherry blossoms when I returned from Tokyo last month, squelching the plans of countless would-be outdoor revelers. Here in Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture the snow was melting and the Torii River, which rises in ancient Togakushi and is fed ...

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Business May 23, 2017

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Apple growers are increasingly going into the cider business, often with government assistance aimed at revitalizing regional economies that are grappling with the prospect of aging and dwindling populations, especially among farmers. As is the case in many agricultural areas in the country, the graying ...