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Japan | 5 December 2016
Niigata completes culling of 540,000 birds at flu-hit poultry farms

Culling of a total of around 540,000 birds was completed at poultry farms in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata on Sunday as the nation continued to battle the outbreak of a highly virulent H5 st...


Japan | 1 December 2016
Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said. The highly virulent H5 str...


Japan | 29 November 2016
Should we bet the farm on Ag Robots?

The average age of farmers in Japan is 67, and life expectancy in the country is 83. With young Japanese moving to cities and birth rates declining, no new generation of farmers is on the horizon. But...


Japan | 1 November 2016
Why chocolate-fed wagyu is the new luxury beef

For steak lovers, some key markers of top quality beef often include the terms organic and grass-fed. But according to an Australian cattle farmer at Mayura Station, the new luxury beef is full-blood ...


Japan | 7 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan’s milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry, one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’...


Japan | 5 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan's milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry -- one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japa...


Japan | 28 September 2016
2 companies pioneering purchases of Japanese farmland

Photo album giant Nakabayashi and home remodeler Sanyo Amnak will become the first businesses to buy Japanese farmland under a new strategic zone regulation aimed at raising agricultural productivity....


Japan | 24 August 2016
Is Japan's wagyu beef bubble bound to burst?

Bad news for high-end beef lovers: Japan’s Wagyu bubble could be on the verge of bursting. Prized Wagyu calves are currently fetching wildly inflated prices, says Nikkei Asian Review, and "If sky-high...


Japan | 23 August 2016
Japan turns to foreign workers as farmers age

Japan is struggling to keep its farms running as farmers age and young people shun the work. This has opened the door for more foreign workers -- including a growing number found to be working illegal...


Japan | 11 July 2016
Japanese farmers worry about potential damage from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Rice farmer Takao Terada isn’t following the U.S. presidential election too closely. But there’s one issue that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on — that the U.S. should not ratify...


Japan | 29 June 2016
Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiatio...


Japan | 6 June 2016
Japan’s agricultural imports make it the world’s fourth-largest importer

Japan’s agricultural imports (nearly $60 billion in 2013) make it the world’s fourth-largest importer, after the United States, China, and the European Union (EU). Based on total calories consumed,...


Japan | 9 May 2016
Mega dairy a model for future agriculture

Agricultural production corporation DreamHill became the first corporation or individual in Hokkaido last year to ship over 20,000 tons of milk in a single year. Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership...


Japan | 25 April 2016
Robots to replace ageing Japanese farmers to preserve food security

As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driverless tractors. The Group-of-Seven agriculture ministers met in Japan’s northern pre...


Japan | 21 April 2016
Radioactive wild boars wreak havoc on Japanese farmland

It’s sometimes easy to forget that seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu in Japan, an island nation surrounded by abundant waters that serve as a vital economic and cultural resource. After all...


Japan | 22 March 2016
Fukushima farmers grow plants with polyester 'soil'

Farmers in Japan's Fukushima prefecture are using polyester "soil" to grow plants, in the hope of restoring consumer confidence in their produce following the 2011 nuclear disaster. A trial run in ...


Japan | 9 February 2016
Farmland consolidation falling short of targets

The total area of farmland rented through the farmland intermediary administration institute is expected to reach 80,000 hectares by the end of fiscal 2015 — three times the level in the previous fisc...


Japan | 27 January 2016
Japan may relax its drone rules to protect crops

Japan is leery about the threat drones possess after one deposited radioactive material on the home of its Prime Minister. That doesn't mean that the country doesn't recognize their potential as w...


Japan | 26 November 2015
Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry

It doesn’t look like much: a few mismatched plots of farmland wedged between busy highways and commercial developments on the outskirts of this midsized city. But if Ryusuke Goto, 27, can find succ...


Japan | 12 November 2015
Japan eyes income insurance for farmers

Japan's agriculture ministry aims to guarantee that farmers maintain 80-90% of their average annual income based on the previous five years should they suffer losses due to the Trans-Pacific Partnersh...


Japan | 2 November 2015
TPP giving sheltered farmers greater incentive to export pricey produce

Japan’s high-cost farmers, sheltered by prohibitive import tariffs, might appear to be most at risk from the giant trans-Pacific trade deal agreed upon last month, but they are instead making an unlik...


Japan | 29 October 2015
Japan's pricy farmers eye export push, unfazed by TPP

Japan's high-cost farmers, sheltered by prohibitive import tariffs, might appear to be most at risk from a trans-Pacific free-trade deal agreed this month, but they are instead making an unlikely push...


Japan | 16 October 2015
JA-Zenchu urges govt to protect agriculture

The Japanese agricultural cooperative group called on the government Thursday to take all necessary steps to protect agriculture and farm villages, following the recent broad agreement on the Trans-Pa...


Japan | 7 October 2015
Japan’s cattle, pig farmers prepare to deal with TPP

Japanese cattle and pig farmers are ready to step up efforts to cope with expected massive inflows of foreign beef and pork after Japan’s upcoming sharp tariff reductions agreed as part of a broad Tra...


Japan | 6 August 2015
‘Farmland bank’ program off to a slow start

The government is to set to give more teeth to a “farmland bank” program aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Japan’s agricultural sector. The program is designed to consolidate small and scatt...


Japan | 28 July 2015
Japan wheat price seen dropping from highest in six years

Wheat prices in Japan are set to decline from the highest level since 2009 amid a global rout in commodities, according to the a millers’ group in the world’s second-largest importer of the grain. ...


Japan | 22 June 2015
Farmland accumulation banks must do more to consolidate farming plots

The farmlands intermediary administration institute system, also known as the farmland accumulation bank, that was created in each of the nation’s 47 prefectures as part of the government’s growth str...


Japan | 8 May 2015
Govt to boost research on heat-tolerant crops

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is planning to intensify research with the aim of developing heat- and drought-tolerant crops starting this fiscal year. As part of a broader plan to c...


Japan | 26 March 2015
Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their o...


Japan | 26 February 2015
Regulating genome-edited crops that aren't GMOs

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism ...