Farmers live longer, healthier lives, with less risk of hyperlipidemia and hypertension, Shimane University’s study says

SHIMANE, Oct. 5 – Farm work is effective in controlling the occurrence of lipid disorders and hypertension, according to the new study by Masayuki Yamasaki, associate professor of Shimane University, and his research associates. The study suggested that, compared to farmers, those who are not engaged in farm work have a nearly-doubled likelihood of developing lipid disorders, while the blood pressure of farmers is relatively lower. Yamasaki explained that farm work “can help people live longer their healthier lives” by controlling lipid disorders, which can be a cause of myocardial or cerebral infarctions, and high blood pressure, which can be a cause of arterial stiffening. The study was conducted between … Continue reading

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App developed to estimate weight of pigs from their images

TOKYO, Oct. 4 – Livestock feed maker Itochu Feed Mills Co., Ltd. and IT firm NTT TechnoCross Corporation have jointly developed an application which calculates an estimated weight of pigs from their images captured by smartphones and tablet computers. Determining the weight of pigs before shipment is important because pork carcass quality is first classified by weight and a carcass’ ranking will drop if it weighed below or above the standard. Developers believe the new app can help reduce the burden on pig breeders, as more farms are increasing the number of pigs they raise and weighing them using a scale is becoming an exhausting work. A user can photograph … Continue reading

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EU proposes Japan delink investment protection from accord

TOKYO, Oct. 14 — Japanese s trade officials have met their counterparts from the European Commission to find a compromise over a controversial proposed investment protection provision. They met in Tokyo on Oct. 13 to discuss the so-called investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. The two sides hope to conclude the deal by the end of this year. The ISDS provision allows foreign investors or companies to sue governments over regulations if they allegedly harm their investments. Tokyo is eager to include the ISDS, which is also part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements with Japan. But Brussels wants the ISDS system to be replaced with a … Continue reading

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Japanese food producers explore new markets at food expo

CHIBA, Oct. 12 — About 300 Japanese food producers have participated at the national export food fair, taking place at the Makuhari Messe, a convention hall in Chiba city, east of Tokyo, from Oct. 11 to 13. This was the first government-backed export food fair, in line with efforts to help Japanese agri-food producers to promote their products in overseas markets and secure new export opportunities. The Japanese government has set a target to boost the annual value of agricultural exports to 1 trillion yen by 2020. The expo featured some 20,000 food items, including Japanese pears, green tea powder and long-life UHT milk. More than 1,000 buyers from 66 … Continue reading

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Japan-grown fig tempura is now on food chain Tenya’s menu

ASAKURA, Oct. 11 — A Japanese agriculture cooperative in the southern island of Kyushu has teamed up with the fast food tempura chain, Tendon Tenya, using a locally-produced fruit: Fig tempura. The Japanese tempura bowl operator has a typical menu that consists of a bowl of rice topped with tempura. Toiling with six months of trial and error, the food chain developed the new product, using “Toyomitsu-hime” figs produced by JA Chikuzen Asakura, the agricultural cooperative in Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture. The new fruit tempura is now on the menu at Tendon Tenya until Oct. 30. A portion of the sales will be donated to northern Kyushu areas that were … Continue reading

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