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An employee harvests vegetables grown under Hybrid Electrode Fluroescent Lamps (HEFL) inside an office of Pasona Group, an employment and staffing company in Tokyo. Vegetables, fruits and rice are grown and harvested by the employees at the company's "urban farm," aimed at creating a working environment coexisting with nature, according to the company.

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From attire he looks like a CEO but his facial expression is that of a tired part-time worker, a definition of "coexisting" ?!

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The lettuce must feel important,the farmer's wearing a suit and tie.

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By his face gesture, he looks like.... Oh gosh! I gotta harvest this veggies for the CEO`s.

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The only other farmer that I can remember who wore a three-piece suit and tie while tending to his crops and livestock was Oliver Wendell Douglas.

And you may ask WHO is that?? Do an online search for his name (look at the images) and for the TV show GREEN ACRES, including watching the theme song on YouTube (or some of the episode clips available). You will see that Eddie Albert was the true pioneer in "urban farming" back in the 1960's.

I wonder if the Japanese 'HEFL farmer'/employee shown in the picture here has a farmer wife as beautiful as Lisa was for Oliver. Eva Gabor.... daaaaaling dear!

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Pasona has always been out in front. They had a chain of clamb chowder restaurants in the early 90s (one at Jewel Bld. in Nishi Azabu). The company is a real mash-up. In a good sense. With the deregulation of employment rules under Koizumi, they got really rich.

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How come this kind of stuff doesn't exist in the states? That would be pretty cool to do. I remember learning about growing veggies and fruits in middle school.

Also don't understand why places like Japan (and Europe) can't rub off on the USA in terms of work attire (like pictured above). Sloppy, non-tailored suits and awful colors galore.

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This is a perfect place to grow marijuana.

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I was just thinking that, Kyoken - not really the perfect place, but a good system. Go Proposition 19!

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This is a perfect place to grow marijuana.

You beat me to it Kyoken. I had some buds (get it, buds?) who used this exact technology back in the day to grow pot in their closets. They produced some fairly exceptional results. This was nearly twenty years ago.

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The only "urban farms" back home would be for marijuana...

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This looks like that film, I can't remember it well, there was this futuristic type of indoor harvesting scenery...it was probably one of the X-files movies. Without the suit.

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tomatoflight at 12:26 PM JST - 31st October How come this kind of stuff doesn't exist in the states?

It does!! In New York City, there is a huge move to grow on roof tops and inside buildings. There are a few chains of gourmet and casual resturaunts there that do the same thing, grow and harvest most of the food in their building and prepare it for customers.

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