Week 40-41: The Agricultural News of Japan in English

Automation, drones, rice, tuna and more.

Automation, drones, rice, tuna and more.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Poop powering hydrogen cars in Hokkaido

A Japanese publisher once had great success with an exercise book for learning kanji, or Chinese characters, by inserting the word “poop” into every sample sentence. But adults are now finding a more serious use for the pungent substance.

Read more on Asia.Nikkei.com

Monday, 9 October 2017

Yanmar-Konica Minolta venture pushes automation of nation’s agriculture

Farm equipment manufacturer Yanmar Co. and precision equipment maker Konica Minolta Inc. are pushing the automation of Japan’s agriculture amid an aging and decreasing farming population.

Read more on JapanTimes.co.jp

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Drones to protect farms from wildlife — and wildlife from us

A Japanese startup is taking to the skies to help farmers keep wildlife at bay on the ground.

Skyrobot, the Tokyo-based venture, is set to launch a drone service to spot animals that are about to come down from the mountains to harm crops — and potentially people.

Read more on Asia.Nikkei.com

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Despite scandal, imported rice demand remains high in Japan

Demand for imported rice to Japan has been strong, despite tightened rules on auctions following the exposing of a scandal around adjustment money been paid by importers to wholesalers last year.

Read more on AgriNews.co.jp

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Green pancakes that change color to the delight of kids

The pancake batter mixed with blueberry jam is purple.

When cooked, the inside turns light green. When a stack is cut open and lemon syrup is poured, the cut surface turns … pink this time.

Read more on Asahi.com

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Full bluefin tuna farm shares rise as fish stocks dwindle

Full farming of bluefin tuna, which starts with getting the fish to spawn in a completely artificial environment, is finally showing signs of becoming profitable.

Read more on Asia.Nikkei.com