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Japan's farmers adopt smart technology to streamline rice growing

Drones and GPS-ready planters have the potential to make up for scarce workers

Falling rice prices are forcing Japanese farmers to cut production costs to safeguard their profits.

TOKYO -- Smart farm technology holds great promise for farmers struggling to grow Japan's staple grain while wrestling with low prices. Among the benefits: lower production costs, higher income and a workaround for the country's chronic manpower shortage.

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