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A fundamental problem with farming in Japan (and potentially in many other countries) is that under a system of international free trade, farming is just not a financially sustainable activity for the farmer.

This is definitely the case in Japan which has an extensive subsidy and tariff system to combat Chinese imports. (The South Koreans also have a similar system.)

This is all well and good, but it's another nail in the coffin. It's one thing to accuse the young of being "in thrall to the bright lights of the city" but when the alternative offered is to be, in effect, a strange kind of civil servant, shuffling papers to acquire subsidies with some hard physical labour and very long hours thrown in, why wouldn't they choose city life?

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Sep 29th, 2007 at 07:47:25 PM EST

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