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Some Japan farmers see trade pact jolt as only way to survival

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:50

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A farmer planting saplings in a rice field in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture early this month. Agriculture accounted for just 1.2 per cent of Japanese GDP in 2013, while the number of farmers was 1.7 million in 2014 down from 2.2 million 10 years earlier.

Tsuruoka, Japan

FAR from dreading the prospect of a Pacific trade deal that would open up Japanese markets to higher grain and meat imports, rice and pig farmer Kazushi Saito embraces it.

The 58-year-old, whose lush paddy fields in the Shonai plain overlook the Sea of Japan, is in

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