TOKYO -- Corporate involvement in agriculture is growing in Japan. The number of companies in the sector increased 30% over the five years through 2022, accounting for roughly 40% of domestic sales.
Many businesses have entered the sector from different industries, while a number of large private farms have been incorporated. Still, overall productivity remains low, as many individual farms, often headed by the elderly, remain inefficient due to their limited scale. Many young people in rural areas seem reluctant to succeed their family business, but they have not lost interest in agriculture, as attested by the popularity of some farming corporations.