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390 kgs of rice stolen from Niigata Pref farm

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About 390 kilograms of premium Koshihikari rice have been stolen from a farm in Sanjo, Niigata  Prefecture, police said Sunday.

The rice, which had been just harvested and was ready for shipment, was stolen from a storage facility early Saturday morning, Sankei Shimbun reported. The value of the stolen rice is estimated at about 390,000 yen, according to the farmer who is in his 70s.

The farmer noticed that 13 bags of rice were missing when he went to the storage facility at around 5:15 a.m. Saturday. Each bag weighs around 30 kgs. The farmer told police he had not locked the facility when he was last there at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

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The farmer noticed that 13 bags of rice were missing when he went to the storage facility at around 5:15 a.m. Saturday. Each bag weighs around 30 kgs. The farmer told police he had not locked the facility when he was last there at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Well? Oh right, never thought it would happen to him! 1,000 yen per kilo.....bit high priced I would think!

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The rice, which had been just harvested and was ready for shipment, was stolen from a storage facility early Saturday morning, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Clearly someone / a group was aware that the rice had just been harvested. One wonders if there might a criminal organization out there that is going to repeat this crime elsewhere.

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¥13,000 per kilo?

Pull the other one, Farmer Giles.

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premium Koshihikari rice used for sushi.

Koshihikari short grain rice retains moisture longer than other varieties of rice to assist in perfect sushi shaping.

You can buy retail 30 kg for ¥13,500 or ¥441/kg

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BungleToday  09:32 am JST

“¥13,000 per kilo?

Pull the other one, Farmer Giles.”

What? 390,000 divided by 390 results in a price of 1,000 yen per kilo.

Rice thefts happen every year all over the country, as well as thefts of various other farm harvests such as apples, and such.

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D’oh. Reading comprehension failure. Must be the koshihikari rice induced thiamine deficiency.

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It's strange how rural Japanese don't seem to want to take the time to lock their doors. Recently, that old couple who were stabbed had also left their door unlocked. And, many JT posters pointed out with pride that it isn't necessary to lock their doors.

OTOH, where I am in a fairly upscale suburban area with very little crime, everybody locks their doors. Plus, most close their storm shutters at night for additional security. There is also a security camera at the one street that accesses the neighborhood.

The storm shutter thing is overkill, of course. (I only lock mine during storms or when the house is left unattended for long periods.) But, it's just plain stupid to not lock one's doors and windows at both their home and business.

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A spate of such stealing happened in my area a few years back.

It was found out that some of those cases - probably all - were done to order. That is a restaurant (or similar) wanted for arguments sake 390kgs at a low price for a quick cash payment for a quick delivery. All over in less than a day. The crims make a quick yen and the business gets months of cheap rice.

This case sounds similar.

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What Browny1 said. Also sometimes those supermarkets that sell produce at unbelievable prices, got deliveries from thieves.

As for locking up, I agree it should be done. But observation of actual farming families shows how it’s nit always so easy. One example, there’s the home, storage building for rice and some farm machinery, barn with misc equipment and supplies, former chicken coop used to store misc stuff, and three small sheds containing equipment at one location. Rice paddies are at another location, and fruit orchards at yet another, both some distance and out of sight of the house. Three family members are on the move constantly hauling equipment around, doing various chores at the paddies and orchards, coming back to the house to eat lunch, etc. It would be a major hassle for everything to be locked and everyone carrying a full set of keys constantly. We worry about them and at best we hope they lock the cars, and the storage building and house when they go to sleep at night.

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Probably he farmers wife sold it off for some secret extra navel pocket money, hesokuri-gane.

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No thank you. Japanese white rice is the unhealthiest type out there.

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No thank you. Japanese white rice is the unhealthiest type out there.

Actually, at the point of this theft, the farm, the rice would have still been "brown" before delivered to a mill.

Where I live there are small kiosks for people to remove the husks from the rice. ¥100 per use. You have to take the husks away with you.

Rice isn't grown white any more than teenagers who think apples come from the store.

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Unfortunately, this is what happens when government policies push the prices of produce so high that normal families can't afford them.

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I wouldn't doubt that the Yaks are involved!

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Kokuhorose and other California Premium processed rice usually goes for about $20 for 9 kg here in Northern Calif. near the rice growing areas, probably medium grain mostly. Short grain is perhaps a little more. This is very premium type and grown perhaps 20 to 50 miles north of Sacramento mostly. Hundreds of hectares of rice. Sushi shops almost on every corner here in the Sacramento area.

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Rice may not be grown white, but I'll bet you anything it'll be white by the time it's in the shops.

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Rice may not be grown white, but I'll bet you anything it'll be white by the time it's in the shops.

But you can also buy the brown rice if you want. We usually eat 16 grain rice.  Indian Brown Basmati Rice. Black rice from Nepal which is very nice.

The stolen rice will end up white because it's used exclusively for sushi.

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Why 1,000 yen for a KG of rice at framer price is more ridiculous that 5,000,000 yen for 1 KG of gold?

Has 1 KG of gold more value than 5 Tons of this rice, really?

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$9.30 or £7.50 per kilo, my local supermarket sells rice for £1.50 a kilo, so what is so special about this rice?? is it gold plated?? could it be an insurance scam?

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Why would anyone want Niigata rice? This prefecture is right next to Fukushima.

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Normal white rice price Japan about ¥250/kg. Britain ¥250/kg.

This rice ¥450/kg.

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Why 1,000 yen for a KG of rice at framer price is more ridiculous that 5,000,000 yen for 1 KG of gold?

Has 1 KG of gold more value than 5 Tons of this rice, really?

OK. Lets cover all of our satelites in rice foil and use rice as electrical contacts on circuit boards for now on and see.

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