Japan’s shrinking agricultural sector is transforming into a state-of-the-art technology and marketing strategy that is giving new hope to an industry that is slowly declining. Japanese entrepreneur Kengo Kitaura, an agricultural entrepreneur who used to be an employee of the company, has brought a breath of fresh air to the harvest of Aojiso (beef plant) and green shiso in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, and boosted sales. The company he founded in Cambodia assembles grassroots farmers with funds from research institutions to get agents, known as “buddies,” to register farmers and determine acreage and yields.
In the long term, the company intends to replicate aquaponic systems to build urban farms in other cities, create employment opportunities for young people and use agriculture as a means to make communities more self-sufficient. Japanese companies can continue to develop and adopt new developments in agriculture and horticulture with the help of high-tech after many years of gaps in the domestic market. In Japan, we need new policies that will make it easier for farmers to access funding for research and development and for the development of new technologies. A more open agricultural policy, the OECD says, will help to spur new technological changes that can help Japanese farmers on the international stage.
The rice-area restriction program backfired and a large number of rice farmers lost interest in agriculture because they were unable to grow rice freely. The first to start organic farming in Japan in 1978 were small farmers. While many are using new technologies, such large agricultural enterprises are the future of Japanese agriculture. After learning more about the needs of farmers and fishermen, he began organizing farmers “markets in Tokyo to connect farmers in Japan’s provinces with urban consumers. He says he has been studying agricultural trends in Japan for more than a decade.
Another factor driving Shonai to death is the decline in the number of farmers in Japan and Australia in recent decades, especially in rural areas. In Japan, as in Australia, the number of farmers is declining and the age of existing farmers is increasing. This has led to a shift of younger generations from farms to production farms, resulting in an ageing rural region. As young people are less interested in taking over farms, rural areas are experiencing alarming declines in population, with only the older generation lagging behind.
Other problems also affect Japan, including its aging and shrinking population, which has hit its agricultural sector particularly hard. As Japan’s workforce ages and younger people look for work primarily in the big cities, a significant portion of the country’s arable land is unused and unused. Japanese agriculture is notoriously marginalized when it comes to conserving land, making it difficult for newcomers to be accepted, even if they are experienced farmers rather than modest greenhorns. Consumer demand for rice is falling, and rice prices are falling after falling government subsidies and rising costs, as well as an increase in imports.
But agriculture remains important because of its emotional and social embedding, and rural communities in Japan need to develop agricultural businesses to create values that allow markets to expand within communities and appeal to people outside the cities.
BitGrange is an urban agriculture tool and learning platform that helps educate children about nutrition and agriculture. Driven by the desire to provide a stable existence for the farmers and to reconnect the city dwellers with agriculture and nature, the entrepreneur Gitanjali Rajamani founded Farmizen. The raison d’être of agricultural cooperatives is to test what they can do for farmers, not only in terms of their business model but also in terms of their social impact.
Japanese agriculture was activated, arable land was freed from rich landowners, and poor farmers were allocated to improve the quality of food production in Japan, which had been damaged during much of the war. The policy of emancipation of farmland stimulated the motivation for agricultural production among people, led to the birth and growth of many independent farmers, and during this time promoted food production in Japan. YES has been in existence since the mid-19th century and focuses on the development of agricultural cooperatives and the promotion of sustainable agriculture.
The DPJ introduced a subsidy system for farmers aimed at supporting farmers and increasing self-sufficiency in Japanese agriculture. This subsidy program was part of a major agricultural reform needed to make Japan the world’s largest producer and exporter of rice, wheat, and other agricultural products.
In Japan, modern machinery and systems used in agriculture have led to a significant increase in the number of farmers and the land available for agriculture compared to other countries. To overcome the discrepancy in market demand, integration of the agricultural value chain, called agricultural diversification, has been advanced in recent years, but the market has changed, and many brokers, including processed food producers, have also reduced farmers “profits. Japanese farmers are trapped in a changing market, even though many of them know better than the markets. The market for agricultural products that could fit into the current “Japanese food market” has not changed much in recent decades, despite the introduction of new technologies and new products.