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An assortment of news and features on all things agricultural, made in or inspired by Japan:

Massage and music: Malaysian farmers crack the code for growing luxe Japanese muskmelons | SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Massage and music: Malaysian farmers crack the code for growing luxe Japanese muskmelons | SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
  • After a decade of experimentation, Malaysian farmers say they’ve found the right mix of nutrients and treatments — including regular rubdowns and nonstop classical — to nurture Japanese muskmelons, one of the world’s most expensive fruits.
  • The Diet passed a bill in December to prevent brand-name fruits and other new plant varieties from being taken abroad illegally. The ban, in effect from April 1, applies to the export of seeds and seedlings of a whopping 1,975 agricultural products.
  • For children, one of the best lessons in understanding the natural rhythm of Japan’s seasons is to head directly to a farm and pick whatever’s on the vine — and then eat it. Luckily for Child’s Play’s Danielle Demetriou and her kids, it’s strawberry season.

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