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100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata

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About 100 kilograms of Japanese cherries, worth 500,000 yen, have been stolen from an orchard in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture.

According to police, the Satonishiki brand cherries were stolen from 13 trees sometime between 3 p.m. Friday, when the grower, Seiji Okuyama, 66, last checked the trees, and 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Okuyama said the cherries were due to be picked this week.

Yamagata prefectural police said there have been several fruit thefts reported over the past few weeks in Tendo and Tsuruoka cities.

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Oh, man - just don't do that. Not only do fruit thefts deprive growers of their livlihood, they damage the trees.

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This country should make fruit affordable.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Someone is going to have a very upset tummy eating that lot!

The value doesn’t seem worth the risk, even more so as they won’t get the full value from a fence.

Simply don’t understand why fruit is so vastly over priced in Japan? Surely the government should be encouraging its consumption as a healthy addition to the diet and ensuring it is widely available at a reasonable price?

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Picking that many cherries wouldn’t be easy. Hope they catch the perpetrator(s).

I'd like to see the guy who could pick 13 trees clean in 12 hours!

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So... 5000 yen for 1kg? Yikes!

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So one kilogram is worth 5000Yen? Are you kidding me? Are they using gold instead of soil? There is just no way that 100kg is worth 500 000JPY. Yeah I know, many of us will start screaming おいしいーー、but it still does not justify the price.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Ebisen: turn off your cellphone's predictive typing function...

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I hope this doesn't inflate the cost of cherries! Your fruit over there is already expensive!

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If happen would only plant more sakuranbo trees instead of sakura, the pierce wouldn't be this high. European cherries also have wonderful flowers, with the added benefit that their fruits don't look like bird droppings, like the sakura fruits do.

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Picking that many cherries wouldn’t be easy. Hope they catch the perpetrator(s).

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"About 100 kilograms of Japanese cherries, worth 500,000 yen, have been stolen from an orchard in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture."

Sorry... but they aren't "worth" 500,000 yen, that's just how much the farm was going to charge. The actual worth is no doubt about 1/20th, and with prices here as high as they are THAT is why they are being stolen. You think the people who stole them did so because they were starving and needed food?

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So one kilogram is worth 5000Yen? Are you kidding me? Are they using gold instead of soil? There is just no way that 100kg is worth 500 000JPY. Yeah I know, many of us will start screaming おいしいーー、but it still does not justify the price.

Especially when you know that the resources that makes trees grow are all natural - sunlight, soil and water.

Sure, the farmer did trimming and putting fertilizers, and maybe irrigation, but so does farmers in other countries and yet their fruits aren't as expensive.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Shop prices for cherries too high, ¥500-¥1,000/box.

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Get some dogs, Dobermann best.

Dobies are best, but they make lousy guard dogs. They’re personal protection dogs, stick like glue to their owner and hate being left outside on their own.

My boy is a real Mummy’s boy, he expects me to protect him from scary strangers.

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@Thomas: I'd like to see the guy who could pick 13 trees clean in 12 hours!

And at night - which means they had lights and ladders and vehicles. The only people who wouldn't have raised suspicions if seen would have been other neighbors.

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inside job

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What a rotten thing to do.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Has a dragnet of all the local cake shops been cast? Good place to start.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Satonishiki is overrated. Try some Bing cherries or Windsor Sweet or Lambert.

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Someone is going to have a stomach ache.

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They would have needed a small gang to pick 100 kg of cherries.

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Forgot the brand, but there is 1 type of strawberry in Japan which is the size of your fist. One strawberry sells for ¥50,000. Insane. I’m sure it must taste delicious but it’s still insane

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This is not longer an era where you can leave without proper attention farm products that can be worth even millions, it may still be rare, but thefts can ruing a producer and a modest system can work to make it difficult, at least to the point to make the deed not worth it.

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Get some dogs, Dobermann best.

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100 kg is about 10,000 cherries.

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In any other country nobody would notice that and the damage would be 5000 yen for the same amount of cherries.

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So... 5000 yen for 1kg? Yikes!

Crazy, huh. The UK supermarket price is about 1500 yen per kg in season and even cheaper from market stalls.

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Picking that many cherries wouldn’t be easy. Hope they catch the perpetrator(s).

Don't they have cherry picking trucks in Japan?

A tarp is placed under the tree, then an arm grabs the tree and shakes it, so the cherries drop into a tarp. 12 trees - maybe 5 minutes per tree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykGuOIMGbLI

Bing Cherries are $9/lb here (that's about 2200 yen/kg if google's math is correct), which I consider to be expensive. I love them and have had 2 bags already this season. I'm a sucker for cherry-anything. Coke, ice cream, flavored water, raw, pie, frozen for smoothies, cakes, anything.

Hunt down these thieves ... or let us know which market has the cheaper prices. Either is fine.

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It happens every year, cherries and Obanazawa watermelons...

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Forgot one more, Lafrance...

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About 100 kilograms of Japanese cherries, worth 500,000 yen, have been stolen from an orchard in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture.

Police should be on the lookout for any crack 'ead selling cherries at a low price on street corners, intersections or to grocery store employees (I say employees because its a crack 'ead, they don't kow any better!"

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lol someone is hatarakimono

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Crime wave sweeping the country!!!!!

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There is one organization in this country which has the resources to consistently engage in large scale operations, would stoop to intentionally target / exploit honest citizens for their own profit, and constantly has pressure from their seniors to meet a monetary quota every month (or however often they set it).

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This story repeats itself every year...

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> Don't lump Japanese luxury fruits with cheap ones.

American cherries are sold cheaply, but Yamagata cherries are far more delicious!

This is subjective.. I’m guessing you’re either Japanese or a Japanophile.

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Simply don’t understand why fruit is so vastly over priced in Japan? Surely the government should be encouraging its consumption as a healthy addition to the diet and ensuring it is widely available at a reasonable price?

Lack of arable land and the ridiculous amount of attentions the farms give the produced coupled with the expense of harvesting.

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/things-to-do/tokyo-q-a-why-is-fruit-so-expensive-in-japan

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The farmer should fill some shotgun shells with rock salt and give the next thief a permanent tattoo on his face.

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The thief is probably someone who loves cherries but can't afford them.

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Get some dogs, Dobermann best.

What for ? Please be specific

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Don't lump Japanese luxury fruits with cheap ones.

American cherries are sold cheaply, but Yamagata cherries are far more delicious!

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