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A field of tea plants with Mt. Fuji in the background.
  1. Land Reform in Postwar Japan
  2. Why Japan's Land Reform Succeeded
  3. Wet Rice Agriculture
  4. Transplanting Rice Seedlings
  5. Early Mechanization of Agriculture
  6. Reorganization of Farm Land
  7. Innovations in Fruit and Vegetable Farming
  8. Rice Rationing and Subsidies
  9. Japan’s Shrinking Farm Population
  10. Farm Household Size and the Problem of Succession
  11. Who Farms in Japanese Farm Households?
  12. San-Chan Nōgyō
  13. The Changing Japanese Diet
  14. Dairy Farming in Japan
  15. What Dairy Products Do Japanese Eat?
  16. Beef Cattle in Japan
  17. The Changing Income of Farm Households
  18. Raising Silkworms in Japan
  19. Food Self-Sufficiency in Japan
  20. Food Self-Sufficiency in Rice
  21. Organic Farming in Japan
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Aerial view of dry farmland with vegetable greenhouses.
Japanese vegetables grow under vinyl coverings. 1993.
Photo from Mainichi Shimbun.
Innovations in Fruit and Vegetable Farming
Japanese vegetable and fruit farms use many innovative methods to produce high quality crops and increase the yield on small plots of land. Vinyl coverings over individual plants or crop rows act as miniature greenhouses, lengthening the growing season and protecting crops from damage. Individual vinyl “hats” make light and easily moved covers, while a whole row of plants can be protected with a sheet of vinyl carefully draped over a series of bamboo hoops. Some fruit farmers encase each pear or peach in its own little paper bag while it ripens on the tree. Such carefully tended produce is very expensive; a single, perfect melon may sell for a hundred dollars. Click on PICTURES, below, to see one. Click on CHARTS, below, to see what kinds of fruit are popular in Japan.
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