agriculture

Fukushima takes new approach to ease fears of radiation in food
Farmer Mikio Matsuura, left, tells a media tour group from Tokyo about his mixed feelings on restarting shipments of dried persimmons in Kunimi, Fukushima Prefecture. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Fukushima Prefecture is spending about 1.7 billion yen ($16.6 million) this fiscal year to fight rumors about radiation from the stricken nuclear plant that have led to...
Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...
Dairy farmer records changes to his Fukushima village
Kenichi Hasegawa (Photo by Maki Okubo)
DATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Kenichi Hasegawa’s home videos and photos do not contain the usual fare. They show cows heading for slaughter, villagers bidding farewell, and men ...
INSIGHT: For Chinese farmers, a rare welcome in Russia's Far East
USSURIYSK, Russia--Fourteen years ago, Chinese businessman Li Demin was asked to help bail out a struggling pig farm in the Russian trading city of Ussuriysk, close to the...
Shunned at home, Fukushima fruit farmers turn to Southeast Asia...
Peaches from Fukushima Prefecture line the shelves in a Bangkok department store on Aug. 30. They were all sold out in two days. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
DATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Toshiyuki Saito still manages to smile as he carefully packs his products that are banned in some overseas markets and the subject of health scares...
N. Korea sets up economic zone near military demarcation line
The Asahi Shimbun
SEOUL--North Korea is seeking investments for a new special economic zone in a sensitive military area along the Yellow Sea, a sign of increasing desperation by the...
EDITORIAL: Major reforms, not cosmetic changes, needed for...
A farmer harvests rice in Aomori. The government now plans to reform its rice farming policy. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government and the ruling parties are embarking on a major review of the nation’s rice farming policy. The review could lead to the abolition of the long-standing...
BIZ BRIEF: Sojitz to invest in agriculture business in Brazil
Sojitz Corp. is set to enter the agriculture and grain collection business in Brazil, the trading company said Oct. 22.
First lady Akie Abe models farm work outfit at agricultural...
Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, dresses in an agricultural work outfit designed by university students at a farm fashion show in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Oct. 13. (Nozomi Matsui)
NAGATO, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Chic agricultural fashions walked the runway at a cultural facility here Oct. 13 in a show produced in part by the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo...
BIZ BRIEF: Sumitomo Chemical's subsidiary opens Buenos Aires office
Sumitomo Chemical Co. announced Sept. 17 that its Brazilian subsidiary has opened a branch office in Buenos Aires.
Fujitsu turning idled chip factory into lettuce plant
Vegetable-growing systems have been installed on a trial basis in an idled Fujitsu Ltd. semiconductor plant in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Fujitsu Ltd.)
Fujitsu Ltd. will become the first major Japanese electronics maker to engage in full-scale vegetable production when it turns an idled semiconductor factory in Aizu-Wakamatsu, ...
VOX POPULI: Amid anxieties over TPP, LDP to revive income-doubling ...
Rice planting starts on March 27 in Kikugawa, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Along with the blooming of cherry blossoms and reports ov first sightings of insects and animals, one of the signs of spring is rice planting heading north across the Japanese...
Japan’s big bet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The TPP...
Japan’s participation in the TPP with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations is a game changer that could bring very positive payoffs for both Japan and the United States, Mireya...
EDITORIAL: Japan should take active role in TPP talks
On 15 March, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would join ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization agreement. (Teruo Kashiyama)
On March 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would participate in ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade liberalization agreement.
N. Korea to farm land in Russian Far East
KHABAROVSK--North Korea will dispatch dozens of laborers this spring to grow corn, beans and vegetables on 1,000 hectares of farmland in the Russian Far East, local government...
EDITORIAL: Industry-promotion plans should tear down outdated...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, talks in a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Jan. 23. (Teruo Kashiyama)
The supplementary budget plan for fiscal 2012, which ends next month, and the initial budget plan for fiscal 2013, which starts in April, contain a raft of programs in which...
INTERVIEW: Japan may not decide on US-led trade talks by July poll
Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan may not make a decision ahead of a national election in July on whether or not to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact that businesses say would enable them to...
Yukiguni Maitake to help reduce poverty by importing mung beans
Bangladeshi farmers pick mung beans. (Provided by Yukiguni Maitake Co.)
Food manufacturer Yukiguni Maitake Co. said Japanese consumers will soon be able to buy bean sprouts from anti-poverty projects in Bangladesh.
Kubota putting down roots in China for Japanese rice production
The Asahi Shimbun
Kubota Corp., Japan's largest manufacturer of farm machinery, plans to enter China's vast rice sector by supplying Japanese seed rice and nurturing production there of an...
Source: North Korea plans agriculture reforms
North Korea plans agriculture reforms. (The Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING -- North Korea plans to allow farmers to keep more of their produce in an attempt to boost agricultural output, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said,...