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Feature Article

The Japan Rice Paradox

Riddle: How can it be that a country with an average land holding of only four acres can be nearly 100 percent selfsufficient in rice with domestic producer prices ten times higher than competing foreign countries? Answer: The persistence of rice as the key crop and diet item in Japan must be understood in terms of long-term assumptions about local environmental conditions, quality of life, and sustainable community values. Demand is less, due to a decrease in the population number as well as...

Feature Article

The Japan Rice Paradox

Riddle: How can it be that a country with an average land holding of only four acres can be nearly 100 percent self-sufficient in rice with domestic producer prices ten times higher than competing foreign countries? Answer: The persistence of rice as the key crop and diet item in Japan must be understood in terms of long-term assumptions about local environmental conditions, quality of life, and sustainable community values. Demand is less, due to a decrease in the population number as well a...

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