“Ganari Takahashi made his millions as head of adult video business Soft on Demand. He retired (how much quivering flesh can one man take?) and established Kunitachi Farm in 2006 with a self-investment of ¥1 billion. From Takahashi’s point of view, this leap from pornography to agriculture was not as rash as it may seem.
“‘When I entered the adult video industry, the most important people, those who were actually making the product, weren’t able to earn anything,’ he explains. ‘Instead the distributors were making all the money. So I worked to create an industry where those who made things were properly valued. When I thought about living as a farmer, I realized that in agriculture as well, the act of making things was not duly valued. So I thought to apply what success I had in the adult industry to the world of agriculture.’ Thus was born Takahashi’s idea of ‘agricultural reform.'”
Published on CNN Travel (formerly CNNGo) in December 2009. But for one brief moment at maybe 3am this was the top story on the CNN global site!
This is one of my favorites of the stories I’ve done, because of it took such a bizarre turn. I really did just pitch it because I thought the idea of a Planet Hollywood-style restaurant for farmers was interesting. I had no idea who Ganari Takahashi was until he politely replied to my questions and explained he was a famous porn mogul.