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Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019 Vol.128 No.2

2019 Vol.128 No.2

Cabbage Harvest in Tsumagoi Village on the Northern Slope of Mt. Asama

This image shows a harvest scene in a Japanese mountain village called Tsumagoi, which is located in Gunma prefecture. The village boasts the highest production volume of cabbage in Japan. Benefiting from a cool climate in summer and improved accessibility to the Tokyo metropolitan area, Tsumagoi village developed as a supply point for cabbage delivered to urban markets after World War II. The Japanese government, as well as Gunma prefecture, increased arable land by reclaiming national forests. Today, the average size of a farm in Tsumagoi village is 4ha; however, there are large-scale farms that reach 16ha. Farmland expanded into the highlands and currently extends to elevated areas from 900m to 1,400m above sea level. The cabbage harvest season is July to October. In recent years, the harvest has often been delayed due to the effects of global warming. Cabbage cultivation is becoming increasingly mechanized; however, manpower is necessary for harvesting. It is difficult to secure seasonal labor for harvests due to the structure of Japan’s labor market. Therefore, many farmers are increasingly dependent on foreign labor.


(Photograph & Explanation: Toshiaki NISHINO; August 22, 2015)


Special Issue: A Regional Analysis of Strategies for Sustaining and Developing Agriculture in Japan

Overview of the Special Issue:
 “A Regional Analysis of Strategies for Sustaining and Developing Agriculture
 in Japan”

Mitsuru YAMAMOTO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 155.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.155

Introduction to the Special Issue on “A Regional Analysis of Strategies
 for Sustaining and Developing Agriculture in Japan”

Mitsuru YAMAMOTO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 163.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.163

Growth and Sustaining Strategies of Urban Agriculture
 Based on Interaction with Urban Residents:
 The Case of Kodaira City, Tokyo Metropolis (Original Article)

Ryo IIZUKA, Kei OTA and Toshio KIKUCHI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 171.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.171

Background and Issues of Sales Diversification Activities
 in Large-scale Upland Farming Areas in Hokkaido (Short Article)

Ken KURIBAYASHI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 189.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.189

Strategies for Sustaining and Developing Paddy Farming
 in the Saga Plain, Southwestern Japan (Original Article)

Toshio KIKUCHI and Akira TABAYASHI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 209.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.209

Sustainable Systems of a Chrysanthemum Production Area
 in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture:
 Focusing on the Farmer's Network (Original Article)

Takuya HAYASHI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 235.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.235

Sustainability of Fruit Farming in the Kofu Basin, Central Japan (Original Article)

Akira TABAYASHI, Toshio KIKUCHI and Toshiaki NISHINO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 255.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.255

The Reproduction Mechanism of Branded Wagyu Meat:
 Maesawa Beef, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture (Original Article)

Keiko WAKAMOTO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 277.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.277

Sustainable Factors in a Large-scale Vegetable-producing District:
 A Case Study of Tsumagoi Village of Gunma Prefecture (Short Article)

Toshiaki NISHINO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 301.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.301

Sustainability of Upland Agriculture in Okayama Prefecture:
 A Case Study on a Farmers' Market in Kawakami Area,
 Maniwa City (Short Article)

Takayuki OISHI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 323.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.323

Strategies for Sustaining and Developing Agriculture and Regional Conditions
 in Japan (Review Article)

Akira TABAYASHI, Toshio KIKUCHI and Toshiaki NISHINO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2019, 128(2), 337.

DOI:10.5026/jgeography.128.337

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