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March 04, 2015

Saving Japan’s Endangered Regions

Depopulation threatens the very existence of hundreds of outlying municipalities in Japan, according to an alarming report published in 2014. ...

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May 12, 2014

Japanese Agricultural Policy: Last Chance for Change

Domestic political concerns—particularly the importance of the farm vote—have hitherto tied the hands of Japanese negotiators in international trade talks, ...

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November 03, 2009

Japanese Radish

Daikon, or Japanese radish, is one of the most representative vegetables of Japan. Originally from the Mediterranean and Black Sea ...

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October 01, 2009

Japanese Shorthorn Cattle

Lean and flavorful, Japanese Shorthorn beef is popular with many connoisseurs of good food. It was approved as a native ...

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September 17, 2009

The Policies Needed to Rebuild Japanese Agriculture

Agricultural policy was one of the major points of contention in Japan’s recent general election. The influence of rural voters ...

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July 14, 2009

Domestic Flour

Of the wide variety of noodles of Japan, among the most popular is a thick wheat flour noodle called udon. ...

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June 24, 2009

Rice Grown in Rice Terraces

Rice terraces are paddies fields made on sloping land that follow the natural contour lines. Suited to the Japanese geography, ...

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June 02, 2009


Wasabi is known across the world as a condiment for sushi. It only grows under highly specific conditions, and, most ...

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April 21, 2009

The Red Turnips of Kiso

Several varieties of red turnip are grown in communities dotting the Kiso mountain range in Nagano Prefecture. They have mostly ...

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March 10, 2009

Eight-Rowed Corn

Eight-rowed corn sustained the lives of those who had newly settled Hokkaido in the late nineteenth onward. It has since ...

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