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As global warming accelerates, Asian countries are turning to technology to secure threatened food supplies. (© Illustration by Michael Tsang)
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Climate change drives Asia's 'life and death' race for food security

From Japan to ASEAN bloc, agritech offers hope for hungry region

RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- It has been a good year for Takeshi Ishisaka, a 69-year-old rice farmer in Japan's Toyama Prefecture, northwest of the capital.

Ishisaka just finished harvesting his crop in mid-September, and even he was surprised by what his paddies produced. "The quality is better than the rice I've cultivated before," he said, explaining that 100% was classified as first class -- superior in terms of color, appearance and size.

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