of course when it comes to many food products, Japan is nowhere near self sufficient. But can someone shows us the exact figure or proof that Japan is "not" nearly self sufficient when it comes to rice? this article by a similar site japantimes.co.jp for example, says that Japan is self sufficient in rice, other sources says likewise...
The reason why Japan is importing rice, for one, because it is cheaper to import. the quote from a source that I'd like to cite : " By the mid-1980s, Japan abandoned the goal of food self-sufficiency. Other countries could produce these goods more cheaply, and Japan could import them at less cost than it could produce them. Since the 1980s the overall trend has been toward decreasing food self-sufficiency."
And the solution to fill the requirements of Japan's food self-sufficiency that the government are working on, for example can be found in this article :
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here is one answer from a J-musician perspective https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqgVKd2ddnM
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Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs? See in context
here's one answer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikata_ga_nai
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