James Pete • 7 hours ago
Best keep the rice farmers for a while. With the draught in California they have no water to raise rice. They planted the rice fields there with airplanes. That variety was for the Asian market. A light fluffy rice, good flavor. But in short supply right now. Japan has never seen rice fields miles long and wide.
John Garceau • 10 hours ago
Hey William, why dont you keep to your own business. How about if I tell you what to do toughguy.
drkkrw • 42 minutes ago
given the importance why can't the US compromise, just on rice, a special isolated clause, and in return for something juicier? picking on rice in Asia is not a good idea.
PoorCitizen • 6 hours ago
The Japanese would be foolish to trade healthy domestic rice economy for the myth of great trade benefits that have seldom if ever produced profits, except for the few corporate insiders who profit from them. This article is just another paid for attempt of the few to take from the many.
Besides soon with the increasing pace of global warming and world population, humans will need all the rice the Japanese and everyone else can produce as stable climates disappear and it becomes increasingly more difficult for food to be grown. Enriching a few already fat cats at the expense of everyone else simply isn't worth it, especially for the vast majority of Japanese, who will be incredibly vulnerable without a domestic agricultural industry.
Tony Konte • 7 hours ago
"Japan Needs to Cut Rice Farmers Down to Size" short people pick more rice!
jack • 8 hours ago
Economically sure. But rice farming isnt just. Its so interwoven with Japanese identity its beyond economics, same goes in Thailand. Its as if America were to told to buldoze all its historic buildings, all the Victorians because they are "out of date". Sure, those buildings are freaking creaky old and terribly musty. But there is a heritage issue here. We don't need another Bamiyan, time will do it anyway so lets not get too hasty.
avatar • 10 hours ago
Worries about culture invasion? Very soon japanese culture will disappear the same way as the samurai with its ageing population.
Iseheijiro avatar • 9 hours ago
When did you see Samurai disappear? The culture of any kind won't disappear. For instance language.
georgeou avatar • 4 hours ago
The Meiji Restoration in 1868 ended the Samurai class.
Iseheijiro georgeou • 23 minutes ago
Yup, but he was talking about Japanese culture not Samurai class. Samurai culture is still strong among Japanese. Kendo, Shinto, corporate heads, military and sports.
hololi • 10 hours ago
The content of the article is fair, but the picture at the top is going to completely force the unfamiliar reader to become biased before reading the article. The picture is of an old style Japanese farming village with the farmers in old style gear; kind of like Solvang in CA.
Modern farmers are automated and use advanced techniques and technologies, however on much smaller scale than their US competitors.
James hololi • 10 hours ago
No not a old photo. You can tell by the clean cloths and new boots. It is a tourist or publicity shot of some sort. A tourist town by looks. I still see them use water buffalo and plant rice by hand were I live. Not a nice clean job like they are doing. And all new hats wonder of wonders.
Iseheijiro James • 9 hours ago
There's no water buffalo in Japan sir. Where do you live?
James Iseheijiro • 7 hours ago
I am American. Last year Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Then back to America for 87 days this year & then return to the Philippines from there. I do live. Been to Japan more than once. I know you do not have them there. I also see rice planted by hand like that. Old cloths near rags, beat up hat, nice mud stain colors. Those lady's are dressed to go to town. Not plant rice.
Iseheijiro James • 19 minutes ago
You know so well about Asia Pacifc. I worry about Philippines regarding the islands disputes with China. Don't you?
gary lacey • 7 hours ago
On the northeast coast is a problem so overwhelming it threatens the world. Now come the MSM making a mountain out of a mole hill about a G-D trade deal.
Steve Novosel gary lacey • 6 hours ago
"Threatens the world"? Please tell me you are not bleating on about Fukushima being a threat to the world. It's not even a threat to Ibaraki, let alone Tokyo.
gary lacey Steve Novosel • 6 hours ago
You a scientist? I think not, you should stick to things you know something about: cameras?!
Tip; Never let your asss overwhelm your brain.
Steve Novosel gary lacey • 5 hours ago
I am a geophysicist, genius, so yes I am a scientist.
gary lacey Steve Novosel • 5 hours ago
Ah schucks, that there is mighty impressive,bu bu bu but isn't what's happening at Fukushima outside your field of expertise MISTER Geophysicist?
Iseheijiro • 9 hours ago
TPP is too important for US and Japan as an economic/military alliance. Thanks for bullish China, Japanese public is awaken. The apologies demanded for WW2 by China and Korea are politically motivated and their claims are bogus. War is war and it was over 70 years ago.
“What is really frustrating from the standpoint of the United States is that if Japan had confronted its history in a more forthright and honest manner going way back to the post war period, then I think we’d find Japan able to play a much more important leadership role” in Asia, said Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Program at the University of California in San Diego.
I disagree with her opinion. She is a typical California liberal who sells Japan to China and Korea for her interest and that is an act of betrayal to the American/Japanese alliance. Mike Honda did the same.
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