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Can mushrooms and solar power fill Japan's vacant farmland?

Dual land use pushes clean energy efforts

Mushrooms are grown under solar panels on farmland in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

TOKYO -- Farmers in Japan could be in for a windfall if a new practice of combining agriculture with solar power generation takes root.

Converting idle land to solar power generation has often been touted as a solution to rural Japan's woes, but restrictions have often proved a hurdle. A reduced feed-in tariff has discouraged many newcomers -- both businesses and individuals -- entering what was once seen as potential gold mine.

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