Haruyasu Miyabe was responsible for Fujitsu, a computer chip production line. Last year, but he recalled, the day the director told him prepared for transition: “tomorrow, you have to start lettuce.”
the difficult days of the electronics industry in Japan, Fujitsu has been one of the three chip production line inside the plant closed in 2009. Now, in the sterile, white and has produced numerous high-tech product brainstorming room, Miyabe and other about 30 employees began to take care of the plants. “We also want to form a data center and call center, but it is hard to approval,” Miyabe looking at these new products, the in the mind seems to have their own pride. “I think I like this group grew up on a bit of lettuce jun, they are very lovely!”
however, in the “integrated circuit” to “common” transition, Miyabe and Fujitsu is not a person in a fight. With China and South Korea in the field of such as TV and smartphone competition struggled in Japan, has a large number of electronics giant is idle factories switch to agriculture. Last month, just as Fujitsu began to sell will be tianjin if produced in fukushima plant lettuce, Toshiba also said: we also began to grow vegetables in the floppy disk near Tokyo plant! Never open factory gate 20 years… And later this year, panasonic group sale will also be able to control spinach and other vegetables grown in greenhouse of computer programs. Similarly, sharp also began as early as last year in dubai of laboratory USES the independent research and development of lighting and air purification technology, indoor strawberry cultivation experiments.
apparently, Mr Abe is encouraging the development of this model. Successive governments simply introduce some unprofitable industry, but trying to abandon the old change new, Abe is also trying to reverse Japan for a long time lead to domestic food costs high “thinner” old farming so model of agricultural development. “If large enterprises to join agricultural production industry,” Mr Abe choke refers to calculated, “food prices are the drop!”
since 2011, when Japan after the earthquake and tsunami disaster, Fujitsu originally borrowed by fukushima area reconstruction project of dongfeng to develop tianjin if loose in the city of vegetable planting project. Fukushima, Japan’s biggest agricultural development areas, and the group project is about 60 miles away in nuclear power plants.
and more recently, the Japanese government has also advanced across the country to expand agricultural subsidies. According to government statistics, in the past three years, such as use of high-tech means to Fujitsu vegetable has tripled the number of factories, the total number of more than 380.
in the factory of Fuji, employees in a lab coat and masks to ensure lettuce planting indoor sterile environment. Jun and lettuce are those with fertilizer and nutrients in soil moisture nourish grow mature. Fujitsu, lettuce grown in this way allows them to reduce the content of potassium in the lettuce, allowing Japan increased in patients with chronic kidney disease need not face this kind of metal elements to their fearsome at the same time, to be able to safely enjoy delicious. At the same time, because the lettuce is raised in a sterile space, so the storage capacity is better than the common product, if the fridge, you can even for up to two months.
the manager of the factory Akihiko Sato said, because this kind of lettuce to lasting fresh, so its exports can offer very competitive profit.
but inevitably, means, and the price is high technology content. In a supermarket near Tokyo, a small bag of Fuji lettuce $3, higher than the price of a whole tree ordinary lettuce for $1.
Toshiba believes that the industry needs to be a profitable production. They will be located in target quantity to plant 3 million trees per year, and annual sales is expected to reach $2.9 million in fiscal 2015. Toshiba is also planning to expand the production scale to some of the bad weather and poor water quality and difficult to grow vegetables in Asia region and the Middle East.
the Fujitsu, by contrast, can appear be humble. Though only the production target positioning in the daily average of 3500, but it is also contemplated in the case of growing well hit $4 million in fiscal 2016 output value, far beyond the target of $1.5 million this year.
however, not everyone is bullish about prospects of the development of high-tech agriculture. In yokohama, a in the local market selling all kinds of agricultural products of farmers uncle said, although many are ordinary planting, but his vegetable sales have been rising. He said: “if the quality control, their factory may be an advantage; But to speak of nutrients, we’re better.”
panasonic group is trying to pursue high-tech and highest degree of correspondence between traditional farming tips. In their intelligent greenhouse, the farmers in the traditional way scarification, BeiZhong; And in the process of the growth of vegetables, sensors to measure temperature and moisture content. If the outdoor temperature is exorbitant, panasonic home system can automatically draw the curtain to keep out sunshine and open the Windows to let air convection; And vice versa.
to Takayoshi Tanizawa the 40-year-old panasonic employees, three years ago from the production of massage chairs instead of spinach cultivation, which is the turning point of his career. But Tanizawa believes that such a transition is not as dramatic as people heard. People can through the motor to start the massage ball, why can’t through the horses dara ceiling curtain to keep out sunshine? Know use air pump to pursue the massage effect, of course, can also use it to irrigate!
fascinates Tanizawa feel in addition to such appeal, he also found that vegetables and sometimes generous than people. “With a massage chair, different people have different experience, good or bad are not sure. But the vegetables can’t complain, lovely and obedient!”