Agriculture in Japan

  • Mutsuyasu Ito
  • Kouichi Hiraizumi
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Land in Japan has distinctive characteristics which make it suitable for organic produce. Because of this, agriculture has been the basis of most economic activity over the last 2,000 years. Historically, Japan was predominantly agricultural, but with the remarkably rapid growth of its economy after the Second World War, the country has been transformed into a heavily industrialized society. The Japanese have been abandoning their traditional food culture, which depends on rice plus other supplemental foods such as miscellaneous grains, vegetables, mountain plants, fish, and other sea products. They have instead been paying enormous sums of money to incorporate Western protein‐rich foods from all over the world into their cuisine. In the meantime, rice consumption has decreased dramatically in the last 40 years, and the daily intake of nutritious foods such as meat, milk, and other dairy products, has increased remarkably, leading to a high demand for luxury foods. Within the Japanese...
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  • Mutsuyasu Ito
  • Kouichi Hiraizumi

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