Production output of the farming industry Japan 2020, by type
Farming in JapanAs the largest employer in Japan, the agricultural sector was vital for the economy post World War II. However, like most industrialized countries, the number of commercial farm households has since decreased drastically and the average age of workers engaged in farming today increased to close to 68 years.
Japans geography further complicates farming. Only about 20 percent of the land is suitable for cultivation and the land regularly suffers damages by natural disasters, such as earthquakes or typhoons, costing billions of yen every year.