Business Sep 1, 2020

Japan rice prices may fall for first time in six years

Wholesale prices of rice to be harvested this year are likely to fall for the first time in six years, helping consumers while giving farmers a headache. The drop reflects lower demand for dining out because of the novel coronavirus epidemic, on top of a ...

Japan supermarket sales rise amid virus scare in February

Business Mar 24, 2020

Japan supermarket sales rise amid virus scare in February

Supermarket sales in Japan in February grew at their fastest pace in over four years as consumers bought more food to eat at home amid the new coronavirus scare, industry data showed Tuesday. Overall sales rose 4.1 percent from the year before to ¥937.6 billion, ...

McDonald's Japan to offer rice burgers for first time

Business Jan 28, 2020

McDonald's Japan to offer rice burgers for first time

McDonald's Japan said Tuesday it will start offering its first series of rice burgers next week to cater to people who prefer rice over bread for dinner. The burgers, available from Feb. 5 through the middle of May, will be the latest addition to the ...

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Business Dec 12, 2019

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green ...