Miyagi Oyster Farms Reflect Japan’s Struggles

THE famous oysters of Miyagi on Japan’s northern Pacific Coast once saved the French industry from disaster, but the March tsunami has left growers on the brink of ruin.

The difficulties facing oyster growers of Matushima Bay – who lost all but 10 per cent of their breeding stock to the killer wave – is typical of the predicament for businesses across Japan.

The Naruse branch of the growers’ co-operative, which lost three of its oyster breeders in the tsunami, is battling fuel and cash shortages, and an astonishing collection of debris in their corner of the bay.

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