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Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 13, 2018
Oshu: A semi-rural city with a major league star
Oshu, the home of the Los Angeles Angels' two-way baseball star Shohei Ohtani, is dotted with unassuming tributes to this home-grown hero.
Oct 28, 2016
Reform of agricultural cooperatives
Reform of the agricultural cooperative system must address the shrinking farmer population and ways to improve earnings.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2015
Japanese farmers urge government to protect key items before TPP talks
During a rally held in Tokyo on Monday, the day before the start of the latest ministerial talks in Hawaii on a Pacific trade pact, some 1,500 farmers urged the government to protect five key agricultural products.
Apr 9, 2015
JA chief resigns after farm reform battle with Abe
The head of JA-Zenchu, Japan's largest farm lobby and biggest opponent of a U.S.-led trade deal, announced his resignation a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet to weaken its power.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 3, 2015
Cabinet approves JA-Zenchu reform bill
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet on Friday approved a bill to help reform the agriculture sector by estranging a politically powerful farming lobby by revising agriculture laws.
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
Feb 9, 2015
JA-Zenchu accepts drastic farm cooperative reforms
The main agricultural lobby approves a dramatic reform plan that will deprive it of the legal right to audit group cooperatives, thereby weakening its influence over how they operate.
Feb 3, 2015
Abe's farm cooperative reforms
The Abe administration has yet to provide a convincing explanation on how its agricultural reform plan will strengthen Japan's farming sector and enhance consumer interests.
Japan Times
Sep 10, 2014
Five reasons why agricultural reform will be a tough slog
Today's column, in list form, tackles a subject that defies a more conventional presentation: Japanese agricultural regulation.
Aug 16, 2014
Japanese in 20s prefer rice to bread for breakfast: survey
More than half of Japanese in their 20s prefer to eat rice for breakfast instead of bread, as they say it makes them feel full for a longer period, an online survey by the governing body of the nation's agricultural cooperatives showed Saturday.
Jun 27, 2014
Abe's drive to reform agriculture
Given the limited impact of proposed farm-sector reform on Japan's economic growth, there is speculation that the push for reform on the prime minister's part is driven mainly by a desire to weaken the political influence of JA-Zenchu.
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.
Jun 13, 2014
Details of JA-Zenchu reform left unclear
Will the core entity of Japan's monster agricultural conglomerate survive mounting public criticism of its huge vested interests?
BUSINESS / Economy
May 14, 2014
Government panel proposes giving local farm co-ops freer hand
A government panel proposed Wednesday that local agricultural cooperatives be allowed to run their businesses with a freer hand, rather than keeping the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives as their umbrella organization, in an effort to provide a boost to the sector.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves