agriculture

Exports of food, beverages hit new high of 745.2 billion yen in...
Visitors flock to a Japanese food fair in  Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Demonstrating the growing popularity of Japanese food overseas, the value of food and beverage exports from Japan reached a record 745.2 billion yen ($6.18 billion) in 2015,...
Researchers: No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant...
The black spots show radioactive particles found on the ears of rice harvested in autumn 2013 in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international...
Kobe Beef among 7 farm products registered for protection as local ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Yubari Melon and Kobe Beef are among the first batch of agricultural products to be given special brand protection status by the government.
3 Japanese sites recognized for agricultural traditions in U.N....
Boats for traditional "ukai" cormorant fishing on the Nagaragawa river in Gifu Prefecture in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Catches of an elusive river fish, plums grown in a harsh environment and rice cultivation using fire have put three Japanese areas on the United Nations’ list of Globally...
Geographical badges will certify reputation of local delicacies
Yubari melon from Hokkaido (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yubari melon from Hokkaido and Kobe beef are among seven products seeking to be awarded regional-brand status to verify their origin and quality.
Tomatoes ripen at former processing site for tsunami debris
A worker picks tomatoes at the Sun Fresh Koizumi Farm in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 3. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--The first tomato harvest has started at a hydroponic greenhouse here on a site that was once covered with tsunami debris.
Domestic policy framework: Abe wants farmers on side for 2016
A rice farmer in Shimane Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement offers an unparalleled opportunity to convert Japanese agriculture into an internationally competitive sector, according to ...
Large, fully automated lettuce plant planned in Kyoto
Four types of lettuce are produced under artificial lighting at Spread Co.'s plant in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture. (Provided by Spread Co.)
An indoor factory capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per day will be one of the world's largest when it starts operations in summer 2017, automated vegetable plant...
Sharp designs washer-dryer combo with help of female farmers
Members of the “Nogyo-joshi project” with Sharp Corp.’s latest washer-dryer (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Sharp Corp. said July 14 it has developed a washer-dryer in cooperation with women farmers that promises to remove even the toughest stain.
RENEWABLE CHALLENGE: Shizen Energy oriented to communities hosting ...
Midori Goto shows off the solar farm operated by Shizen Energy and its partners in Koshi, Kumamoto Prefecture. (Mari Fujisaki)
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on efforts being made to promote renewable energy sources.
Fujitsu, FPT to collaborate on IT-based agricultural project in...
Fujitsu Ltd. and Vietnam's FPT Corp. announced Oct. 28 that they will team up for a field trial of Fujitsu's food and agricultural cloud service in the Southeast Asian nation.
NEC, Dacom collaborate on high-tech farming to maximize crop...
A weather station, left, and a soil sensor (Provided by NEC Corp.)
NEC Corp. and Netherlands agri-IT firm Dacom announced Oct. 24 the results of a "precision farming solution" trial in Romania that used environmental sensors and data analytics ...
Toshiba floppy disk factory reborn as vegetable farm
Vegetables are grown in September inside a Toshiba Corp. factory that used to produce floppy disks in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Provided by Toshiba Corp.)
A factory deserted for decades after once thriving as a producer of floppy disks has made a comeback, growing spinach and baby leaf lettuce.
Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--As the Tohoku region enters harvest season, rice is being gathered here for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
'IT wave' sweeps over rice paddies with smartphones, computerized...
A smart rice-planting machine traverses a paddy in Niigata's Akiha Ward. It automatically adjusts the amount of fertilizer by linking with a smartphone or a computer. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
NIIGATA--In mid-May, Junichi Hirano was out working his rice paddies in Akiha Ward.
Minami-Soma lambastes government, TEPCO for remaining mum on rice...
Minami-Soma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents of Minami-Soma in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger with the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for keeping them in the dark about radiation that contaminated ...
Toyota Tsusho invests in Kazakhstan agricultural business
Toyota Tsusho Corp. invests in Kazakhstan agricultre company Koktem EA. (Provided by Toyota Tsusho Corp.)
Toyota Tsusho Corp. has become the first major Japanese trading company to venture into Kazakhstan’s agricultural industry.
Japan's highest-capacity solar power farm planned on Nagasaki...
The Asahi Shimbun
UKUJIMA, Nagasaki Prefecture--Four Japanese and a German company are teaming up to build a photovoltaic power plant with the nation’s highest generating capacity on an island ...
PHOTO: Women preserve rice planting tradition at World Heritage...
Local women dressed in "saotome" (female rice planters attire) participate in the Shirakawa-go rice planting festival in Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, on May 26. (Provided by Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go)
SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--Under a light drizzle, 17 women wearing straw hats and traditional garments sowed rice seedlings on May 26 in this World Heritage village’s annual ...
Panasonic targets agriculture business with new high-tech...
A vinyl greenhouse is seen in this photo taken in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, where Panasonic Corp. is experimenting with spinach cultivation. The greenhouse is equipped with an automated system for controlling and creating the perfect growing environment. (Kohei Kondo)
Panasonic Corp. has started selling a new electronically controlled greenhouse that creates a more optimal cultivation environment, allowing farmers to grow some crops...