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Disaster-hit Okayama governor appeals locally grown grapes

TOKYO, Sept. 8 ― Ryuta Ibaragi, governor of Okayama Prefecture, which was hit hard by the torrential rains in July, has campaigned to promote his local grapes, Shine Muscat and Pione, which command huge price premiums. Ibaragi showed up at a Tokyo outlet to offer tasting local grapes to consumers at a Tokyo outlet on Sept. 7. “The grapes are sweet and luscious,” the governor said. “I was concerned about the acute heat after the heavy rains, but I am relieved to supply high-quality grapes.”

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Japan’s students report women running farms in New Zealand

TOKYO, Aug. 30 ― A group of 20 Japanese high school girls have reported their field trip to New Zealand to look at female dairy farmers who are running their farms. The Japanese female youth delegates told an audience in Tokyo on Aug. 29 that female dairy farmers in New Zealand are breaking glass ceilings and changing stereotypes. “Women are very strong and passionate of being in modern dairy farming,” said one of the delegates. Another delegate pointed out: “There are support mechanisms for female farmers who got pregnant.” The 10-day trip was part of the Future Young Female Dairy Farmers program, organized by the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC). … Continue reading

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Tokyo to open new wholesale food Toyosu market on Oct. 11

TOKYO, Sept. 14 ― The Tokyo metropolitan government will open a new wholesale food market, called the Toyosu market, replacing the aging Tsukiji market on Oct. 11. The market relocation comes about two years later than previously planned, because additional safety work was required to control soil pollution at the Toyosu site. The Tokyo metropolitan government held a ceremony on Sept. 13 to celebrate opening the new market. At the ceremony, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said: “We will grow the Toyosu market as a new showcase center for the Japanese food culture.” The new market features cutting-edge equipment in enclosed facilities at an area of 400,000 square meters. That makes … Continue reading

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Powerful M6.7 quake jolts Hokkaido, causing damage to infrastructure and agriculture

HOKKAIDO, Sept. 7 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake, which registered up to 7 on the 7-point Japanese seismic intensity scale, hit the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Sept. 6 at 3:07 a.m. The earthquake, with its epicenter in the Iburi region in southwestern Hokkaido, triggered massive landslides and damaged houses. The death toll rose to 35 (updated as of 8 p.m. Sept. 8), out of which 31 were confirmed at the worst-hit mountainous town of Atsuma,  and one each in Mukawa, Shinhidaka, Tomakomai and the prefectural capital of Sapporo, according to the Hokkaido Prefectural Government. Some 2.95 million households throughout the prefecture was temporarily left without power, as all thermal … Continue reading

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Sunflowers in full bloom in empty town in Fukushima, as hopes rise for lifting of evacuation orders

FUKUSHIMA, Aug. 29 – Sunflowers are in full bloom in the town of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, where all the residents have been unable to return after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident brought about by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A group of 50 residents sowed the seeds on a 1.8-hectare land in June in an effort to maintain the weakening ties between the town and the evacuated residents, as more than seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The yellow flowers fill the fields besides a street in the town’s Ogawara district where people drive on to return to their homes temporarily. A message … Continue reading

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