February 03, 2016
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,...
January 18, 2016
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international...
December 23, 2015
Yubari Melon and Kobe Beef are among the first batch of agricultural products to be given special brand protection status by the government.
December 16, 2015
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...
December 16, 2015
Yubari melon from Hokkaido and Kobe beef are among seven products seeking to be awarded regional-brand status to verify their origin and quality.
December 07, 2015
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--The first tomato harvest has started at a hydroponic greenhouse here on a site that was once covered with tsunami debris.
November 26, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement offers an unparalleled opportunity to convert Japanese agriculture into an internationally competitive sector, according to ...
August 15, 2015
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...
July 15, 2015
Sharp Corp. said July 14 it has developed a washer-dryer in cooperation with women farmers that promises to remove even the toughest stain.
December 04, 2014
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on efforts being made to promote renewable energy sources.
October 28, 2014
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.
October 24, 2014
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 ...
October 06, 2014
A factory deserted for decades after once thriving as a producer of floppy disks has made a comeback, growing spinach and baby leaf lettuce.
September 22, 2014
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.
July 20, 2014
NIIGATA--In mid-May, Junichi Hirano was out working his rice paddies in Akiha Ward.
July 15, 2014
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 ...
July 03, 2014
Toyota Tsusho Corp. has become the first major Japanese trading company to venture into Kazakhstan’s agricultural industry.
June 13, 2014
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 ...
May 27, 2014
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 ...
May 12, 2014
Panasonic Corp. has started selling a new electronically controlled greenhouse that creates a more optimal cultivation environment, allowing farmers to grow some crops...