Here is another insight into Japan slowly and thankfully, distancing itself from the Anglo-Americans concerning the news of Prime Minister Abe’s wife, Akie Abe, telling a Japanese magazine that she has considered “becoming a hemp farmer to help revive the traditional culture.” Mrs. Abe, count me in. I’m with you all the way on this idea which would provide an enormous economic incentive for Japanese people to begin moving seriously into hemp production. Should probably back this up with some historical information which goes back to the U.S. occupation of Japan and the post WWII abolition of industrial hemp. Circa post WWII: The Dupont’s and the cotton cartels of the time wanted hemp off the economic map, it was a matter of strategic economic importance. Why did the cotton cartels and Dupont want the production of hemp ended in Japan? Here is a pretty good explanation:
“Industrial hemp is just way too much of a ubiquitous product to be grown by the common man. It just makes too much cent$ for the average farmer. It would displace pulp towns and the cotton clowns. It would create a paradigm shift. The big boys don’t like change if it doesn’t fall into their pockets first.”
Just to give readers an idea of how well regarded hemp was in Japan’s culture, the following would be useful.
“Hemp was traditionally used by Shinto priests in Japan, including the Japanese emperor himself who acted as a kind of chief priest of Shintoism. Several hemp fields were cultivated on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan, to make ceremonial linen clothes for the Imperial family and for Shinto priests.”
And for those wanting to know more about Japan’s hemp industry before the Anglo-Americans showed up and shut down hemp production in Japan after WWII, here is good adjunct reading on Hempen Culture In Japan. Hemp is the most economically sustainable plant on earth including hemp seeds as a food source, purifies the soil, kills weeds, provides superior clothing, health foods, organic body care, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp). At one pint in America it was the dominant crop on the landscape. Imagine the employment opportunities that would open up to the Japanese if they brought back full scale hemp production? It would probably draw Japanese youth in droves to the countryside to raise hemp. Get them off their damn iPhones for a change. Come on Japan, bring back hemp production, and while you’re at it, continue severing ties with the Anglo-Americans.
Japan’s First Lady Touts Revival of Hemp Culture
By Jun Hongo
There seem to be few dull moments in the life of first lady Akie Abe, who sometimes spends her time hosting a web-based talk show, harvesting honey from a bee farm and even paying occasional visits to the contentious Yasukuni Shrine.
Most recently, Ms. Abe raised eyebrows after telling a Japanese magazine that she has considered becoming a hemp farmer to help revive the traditional culture.
In an interview with Spa!, Ms. Abe was quoted as saying that she had become interested in hemp cultivation and considered applying for a permit to grow the plant after studying its history.
“Hemp is a plant of which all of its parts can be used effectively,” Ms. Abe is quoted as saying. “While it is not yet permitted in Japan, I think it can be put into great practical use for medical purposes as well.”
Of course, hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, and Japan maintains a hard line on marijuana. The Cannabis Control Law enacted in 1948 bans the import, export, cultivation and purchase of marijuana. But prior to that, hemp was widely grown in Japan and used to make fabric and for use in imperial ceremonies. There are legal hemp farms in Japan, but they are rare and require a special permit.
Ms. Abe said in the article that she’d like to revive Japan’s tradition of growing hemp. “I’ve even considered myself to apply for a permit to grow hemp,” she was quoted as saying.
The article included a photo of the first lady visiting a legal hemp farm in western Japan in August and posing for a photo in the middle of the plants.