Japanese fast-food chain to farm in Fukushima
TOKYO (AFP) - Major Japanese fast-food chain Yoshinoya said on Tuesday it would grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima prefecture, home to the nuclear plant that was crippled by a tsunami in 2011.
Operator Yoshinoya Holdings said it had set up a joint venture with local farmers - called Yoshinoya Farm Fukushima - to grow rice, onions and cabbages in a 4.3-hectare (10.6 acre) field in Shirakawa, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the nuclear plant.
It will also build a facility to process vegetables for use in Yoshinoya restaurants across the nation, the firm said, adding strict radiation screening measures will be put in place.
"We believe this will lead to support for reconstruction," Yoshinoya said in a statement, adding the move would also help it secure low-priced ingredients for its beef bowl dishes.