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Aeon wants to be Japan's biggest rice farmer

Tokyo

AEON Co, Japan's largest supermarket chain that sells everything from fresh food to bicycles across 424 stores, plans to become the nation's largest rice grower.

Starting with 11 hectares of rice paddies leased from local farmers, its Aeon Agri Create Co farming subsidiary will start producing the grain north of Tokyo next year, said Aeon spokesman Norihito Ikkai. Chiba-based Aeon aims to lease 100 hectares - almost 50 times the average farmer's plot - by 2020. That would make it the biggest...

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