Agriculture Is The Major Components Affected By Climate Change That Will Dictate The Future Of Japan

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Agriculture is one of the major components affected by climate change that will dictate the future of Japan. Japan’s agriculture is limited, so it is highly subsidized and protected. The government has a policy of protecting its agriculture from international competition, yet it depends heavily on imports to feed the populace. 60% of its food intake relies on imports alone. Japan’s most important food crop, rice, is at huge risk with the changing climate. At the International Rice Research Institute, they have found that for each 1°C rise in average temperature, rice yield drops by about 10%. Warmer temperatures and increasing levels of carbon dioxide have normally been associated with higher crop yields, but it appears that this is not the case because of outlying factors such as water droughts, proliferation of pests, the arrival of the growing season and especially the impact of heat on flowering. Rice pollination is especially sensitive to temperature change and warmer temperatures have been found to lead to increasing sterility. Farmers can take measures of adaptation to counteract this difficulty. As the cultivating season lengthens, farmers should transplant their crops later, to ensure their crops do not reach maturity during the hottest time of year to avoid damaged crops. Japan should seek cooperation with other Pacific island nations to efficiently develop a strategy to deal with the rice crisis. Another major component affected by climate change is the Fish…
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