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Japanese turn trees into noodles as agriculture industry learns to adapt

A farmer harvesting konjac roots in a field in Showa Village, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. konjac is the country's most-protected agricultural product.


FACED with tightening competition for the textiles it's been making for almost 100 years, Omikenshi Co is trying to get into the health-food business, using its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles.

The Osaka-based company's best-selling product is rayon, a