Japan's rice farms rotting from inside despite protectionism
Some older rice farmers blame subsidy system for a now stagnant sector
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 - 5:50 AM
Tokyo has for decades stabilised prices by controlling supply and penalising over-production to protect farmers from volatile markets.
SHUICHI Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry. The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the bulk of the country's rice plots.