Japan Tsunami 2011: Strawberry Farmers Use Tech to Revitalize After Disaster

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    Since the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, rebuilding efforts continue in hard-hit areas like the coastal town of Yamamoto known for its strawberries. Younger, business- and tech-savvy strawberry farmers are giving new hope to the local economy.

    These strawberries grow in eight high-tech greenhouses where computers set the temperature and humidity to optimum growing conditions. That’s right, computers ensure the rows of bushes are sprayed with water at precise times.

    The farm markets the “Migaki Ichigo” brand strawberries to fancy department stores in Tokyo, where they go for as much as 1,000 yen or about $10 per piece, as well as to customers overseas in other parts of Asia and even the Middle East.

    2011年3月11日の東日本大震災から10年、被災地の復興への歩みは続く。

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