- Applications for acidic water in Japan
By: NHK - Japanese government owned and operated public TV
Length: 7.25 min
Below is the script from the video clip
PLUS two other scripts about acidic water use in agriculture
Ionized, Acid Water Used in Agricultural Industry
Agricultural Chemicals Replaced by Acid Water!
Announcer A: "Again tonight we are reporting on a wondrous water. We reported that this water is very effective for medical use and for preventing food poisoning. The acid water is used as a substitute for agricultural chemicals as well."
Announcer: "We asked an agriculture expert what effects does it produce?"
Reporter: "A variety of fruits and
vegetables are in this shop and all of
them brightly colored. My favorite
vegetable is the cucumber, but thinking
of agricultural chemicals, I worry about
the effects on cucumbers. An agricultural
ministry survey shows that cucumbers are
vulnerable to diseases especially those
grown in a greenhouse which have to be
sprayed often. Without chemicals only ten
percent of the cucumbers survive."
Reporter: "However, we found a
farmer in Oyamacee Tochigi Prefecture who
grows cucumbers without using
agricultural chemicals. They use ionized
acid water which is not harmful to our
health but which does destroy mold."
Farmer: "This machine separates
water into alkaline ion oxidized water.
We put salt in the water and it is
resolved by electricity. At the negative
pole you get alkaline water and at the
positive pole you get oxidized acidic
water. This is done instantly."
"This oxidized, ionized, acid water kills
germs that cause cucumber diseases. One
cucumber plant will yield nearly 100
cucumbers. These plants are suffering
from mildew. But on this plant which was
treated with acidic oxidized water, the
bacteria have been destroyed. It is
surprising that the white part suffering
from mildew came off due to the
sterilizing power of the water. The
difference is very clear between the one
treated with oxidized acid water and the
other one. With oxidized acidic water
there is no resistance against mold or
Cameraman Matsumoto, eating a
cucumber treated with the acid water
says: "If agricultural chemicals are
used, I wouldn't want to eat it, but in
this case, I decided to try it. Oh, it is
fresh and delicious, it also smells good.
We can eat these cucumbers without any
worry even if they are uncooked."
Reporter: "Golf a favorite sport
in Japan. On golf courses greens are
produced using chemicals and this is
causing problems. We conducted an
investigation of agricultural chemicals
used on golf courses in Chiba Prefecture
two years ago and we found that an
average of 2.4 tons of agricultural
chemicals are used annually per eighteen
hole golf courses, more than a 150 types
of chemicals are used. Some kinds of
agricultural chemicals remain in the soil
for a long time, and in some cases they
become a source of pollution."
Akito Hirano "What I have picked
up is ionized water it records a value of
2.6 pH. At Atsugi International Country
Club, they have been trying to reduce the
use of agricultural chemicals as much as
possible by using strongly oxidized
acidic water. A lawn is infected by
several kinds of germs, so lawns that are
once beautiful can often die this way. If
this happens on a golf course the value
of the country club decreases. This
difficult situation lead to the idea of
killing germs with strongly oxidized acid
water created by electrolysis."
Akito Hirano: "Now we spray this
strongly oxidized water once a week in
warm weather, and when the temperature
goes down we spray once or twice a
Reporter: "Why does this water
kill the germs?"
Akito Hirano: "The germs which
kill lawns can't live under a 3 pH level,
given more strongly oxidized acidic water
they are destroyed. Furthermore,
dissolved oxygen and dissolved chlorine
will kill the germs."
Akito Hirano: "We are trying to
cut agricultural chemical by 80 percent
every year. In the near future we hope to
dispense with all the agricultural
chemicals by using this acid water."
Reporter: "Most pleased are the
farmers who are freed from using
agricultural chemicals. Look at this they
work in light clothing, sneakers, aprons
Kazuko Akiyama: "Once I was so
scared to work in a vinyl plastic
hothouse, when I was pregnant, so I did
my work just leaning in from outside, but
now days we are safe."
Reporter: "We asked her to put on
the working clothes she used in the days
when they used chemicals."
Kazuko Akiyama: "I worked in this
raincoat, rubber boots, gloves, sun visor
and mask. It was hot and uncomfortable
and that made the work even tougher."
Reporter: "Alkaline water produced
from electrolysis is also utilized to
Yuro Sasaki: "Alkaline water helps
suck up nutrition from the soil as a
result things grow bigger."
Hirotoshi Tamura Managing director of
Yota Ba Kai co-operative: "At this time
of the year farmers use agricultural
chemicals once a week, but by introducing
this method these farmers have not used
chemicals at all so far, still delicious
cucumbers are being produced. I am sure
this method will be "THE" method for
chemical free farming in the
Because the water is highly acidic, you might be concerned about causing some bad
effects, but according to the staffs
experiments, the acid water will change
into ordinary water in the soil."
Announcer: "We reported the story
of the miraculous alkaline and acidic
water in a three part story and while
reporting we were startled by these
wonders. The next report in the special
feature about miracle water is coming up
Part B: Acidic Water for Agriculture
Announcer: "Today for our Special
Report, we will visit an orchard in
Yamanashi Prefecture where cherries and
peaches are produced without using
agricultural chemicals. The key is
Reporter: "One step into the
commercial district here and we see
fruits, the taste of autumn, displayed in
abundance. Peaches, grapes and pears- in
vivid color and perfect shapes - enhances
one's appetite. They say that it is
necessary to use agricultural chemicals
and fertilizers to grow such perfect
looking fruits. They know, of course,
that bugs and insects don't want to miss
out on the delicious food that human
beings eat. They bite off the leaves and
go inside the fruits."
Reporter: "Farmers get into
trouble because of mildew. The commercial
value of their crops drop and their
income decreases. Therefore, farmers
cannot help using agricultural chemicals
like pesticides. Cherries need to be
sprayed with agricultural chemicals six
to seven times before they are harvested.
For peaches, that number is 10 to 15
times, and for grapes, 16 times. The
dangerous effects of agricultural
chemicals have become a concern."
Reporter: "However, after hearing
about growing fruits without using such
agricultural chemicals, I drove to
Shirane-cho, Yamanashi Prefecture where a
scene of orchards of cherries and peaches
and hills of grape vines spread across
the landscape before me."
Reporter: "This is Mr. Yasuhiro
Tezuka who is taking up the challenge of
growing fruits without chemicals. He is
driving a strange vehicle to the
Mr. Tezuka: "Today, I'm planning
to eliminate gray mildew with this
Reporter: "Mr. Tezuka is well
known in Shirane-cho as a specialist with
a green thumb for growing fruit. For the
past thirty years, he has been concerned
with the problem of agricultural
chemicals. He wondered if he could grow
safe fruits that would not harm the human
body. His dream came true with this
Mr. Tezuka: "This has a pH of 2.6,
so you can disinfect with this water."
Reporter: "Will bacteria actually
be killed? Hyper oxidized water was
sprayed on some infected leaves."
Reporter: "Did you see that? Let
us look at it again in slow motion. The
area of the leaf where the water made
contact is the only area without
bacteria. In the mid-June of this year,
the cherries ripened, a scene which had
been Mr. Tezuka's dream and many people
who heard about it came to visit him."
Woman: "This is my first cherry
picking. It tastes just wonderful.
Reporter: "Compared with cherries
grown in other prefectures, both the size
of the fruit and the price are better.
Mr. Tezuka's cherries also taste better.
Mr. Tezuka operates a 4000 tsubo (about
two acres) orchard where he has 180
cherry trees, 110 peach trees and 50
grape vines. Although he realized that he
could disinfect his fruit trees with this
safe and harmless water, it was not easy
for him to make up his mind to use it."
Mr. Tezuka: "I was not 100% sure
that I could succeed. I have to make
living, you know. I was worried. I spent
many sleepless nights."
Reporter: "In the switch from
agricultural chemicals to harmless water,
how did Mr. Tezuka's farming change?"
Reporter: "First, his attire
changed. When using agricultural
chemicals, he used to protect his face
with a towel over a protective mask, wear
long boots, a thick raincoat and gloves,
and a hat. Now he works in his regular
He adds a large amount of organic
fertilizer and leaves plenty of space in
between the plants. He sprays hyper
oxidized water up from the underside,
aiming to clean out bacteria and insects
on the backs of the leaves. He uses both
Chinese herbs and hyper oxidized water
for eradicating insects."
Mr. Tezuka: "I use Chinese herbs
to distract the bugs, to get them to go
Reporter: "At last, we have
discovered the secret of growing perfect
Mr. Tezuka: "This operation
inserts alkaline water into the soil. By
doing this I intend to grow thick, strong
Reporter: "Trees that do not receive
alkaline water are more infected with
Reporter: "We tested the sweetness of the
[on screen] "Sweetness measuring device,
Man: "Wow, this is amazing."
Reporter: "Mr. Tezuka's cherries are
rated excellent. How about his grapes?
They measure 23.3. Intensely sweet grapes
Mr. Nakagome, JA Nishino Agricultural
Coop: "Mr. Tezuka grows cherries, peaches
and grapes without using agricultural
chemicals. Here are the test results of
his fruits tested for residues of
agricultural chemicals by the Sanitation
& Pollution Research Center. They
show zero chemical residue."
Mr. Hasebe, Head of JA Nishino
Agricultural Coop: "My hope is that our
entire area will be able to grow fruits
Reporter: "Mr. Tezuka who realized
his dream of growing fruits without using
chemicals is now enthusiastic about his
new idea to help increase the number of
growers like him."
Announcer A: "This water is very
effective. Unlike agricultural chemicals,
it leaves no residues, so it appears to
be very good for the environment."
Announcer B: "Some people are
worried that since it is hyper oxidized
water, it could have the same effects as
acid rain. This water is said to revert
to regular water once it contacts the
Agricultural for Safer and More Delicious
Announcer A: "It is time for the
Special Report. Vegetables consumed daily,
such as cucumbers and tomatoes are, in
fact, grown with a large amount of
agricultural chemicals -- to the extent
that you could say they are soaked in
chemicals. These chemicals are also linked
to soil and water contamination,"
Announcer B: "Yes. Because of that,
farmers are taking another look at
sustainable agriculture. It is an
agricultural method that uses organic
fertilizer like chicken and cow manure
and less chemical fertilizers. Water use
is also a key to this method of
agriculture. Let's take a look."
Mr. Kamon, Tokyo Wholesale Market:
Ms. Torisu, food researcher: "They're so
fresh. It's the taste of first love! It's
Reporter: "Both of these visiting food
specialists are extremely impressed with
the deliciousness of these strawberries.
On this farm, they harvest 250 boxes a
day. What grabs your attention the most
is the smiting faces of the farmers."
Mr. Fukumoto: "I want to grow even better
ones next year."
Reporter: "This is the Aso area in
Kumamoto Prefecture, a vast open area,
128 km in circumference. It has been
chosen repeatedly as one of Japan's
top100 areas for drinking water.
Underground water gushes up from the Aso
Mountains. It is a place of world-class
"Not wanting to contaminate any more of
this environment, the farmers here want
to grow safer and more delicious
agricultural produce. These farmers, who
live in and around six towns in the
southern Aso area, are taking up the
challenge of a newly established organic
agricultural method. We have followed
them for the last six months."
Reporter: "What are you spraying?"
Mr. Matsuda: "This is restructured
Reporter: "Is it completely harmless?"
Farmer: "Yes, it is."
Reporter: "How are the prospects for this
Farmer: "Looks good so far. Because we
use restructured water, we have cut down
on the use of insecticides and chemical
fertilizers by about one third now."
Reporter: "Mr. Matsuda has 37 years of
experience in agriculture and is an
agricultural instructor for Kumamoto
Prefecture. He looks totally content with
his tomatoes after the drastic decrease
in the use of agricultural chemicals.
Success with tomatoes have been rare in
Mr. Matsuda: "I had a lot of damage from
insects last year."
Reporter: "He had a lot of trouble with
green caterpillars that year when he
didn't use restructured water."
Mr. Matsuda: "If even one green
caterpillar gets into the crop, the
tomatoes will be spoiled. Even with
stronger agricultural chemicals, these
bugs don't die."
Reporter: "He even purchased a robot to
spray the chemicals for fear of losing
Mr. Matsuda: "Every time you use
agricultural chemicals on the field, you
are covered by chemicals from head to
toe, so I resolutely bought a robot. I
used it twice or so last year. But,
because I used restructured water this
year, there were not very many bugs and
the robot has been kept in storage."
Reporter : "There aren't any blighted
crops in this field at all, are there?"
Mr. Matsuda: "No, but there were other
areas that were said to be totally
Reporter: "I visited a greenhouse near
Mr. Matsuda's farm. I was completely
amazed to see a pile of dead tomatoes
that had wilted and completely lost their
commercial value. These tomato vines had
received numerous applications of
Farmer: "These tomatoes were grown in a
greenhouse in the middle of the hot
summer. When harvest time finally came,
they wilted. It was too devastating to
Reporter: "However, Mr. Matsuda's
tomatoes look great. We visited another
farmer that grows tomatoes in the same
way as Mr. Matsuda does."
Mrs. Kochi: "Our tomatoes are shiny and
have a good shape. As many as 60% of our
tomatoes were rated extra superior."
Reporter: "Here, again, good news came to
Woman: "We cultivated the soil with
Thomas Orga Bacteria and sprayed plants
with a mix of tap water and restructured
water at a ratio of 500:1. Previously, we
had problems with wilt disease and black
leaf spot, but not any more."
Reporter: "What are these things called
Thomas Orga Bacteria and restructured
water that are so greatly beneficial to
farmers? We decided to investigate."
Mr. Goto, Thomas Research Center of
Japan: "This is Thomas Orga. Bacteria,
originally created by Dr. Thomas of the
Reporter: "One gram of this black powder
contains two to three billion beneficial
bacteria of 40 different kinds. You add
rice bran and oil cake to it, mix in
chicken and cow manure and saw dust, then
rotate it. After 45 days, the mix becomes
Mr. Soda, Thomas Research Center of
Japan: "Our goal is to bring our soil
back to its original state."
Reporter: "Oguni-cho is the birthplace of
Dr. Shibasaburo Kitazato. The JA Compost
Center, which ran deficits over the past
few years, was revived by the
introduction of this bacteria. Was there
some kind of karma involved here?"
Mr. Hirose, Restructured Water Research
Center: "Restructured water is made by
adding a small amount of organic matter
to tap water, thereby raising the energy
potential of the water."
Reporter: "Does it really make a
Left: 80% sterile soil, 10% organic
compost manufactured by another company.
Center: 65% sterile soil, 30 % same
organic compost, 5% Thomas compost.
Right: 80% sterile soil, 20 % Thomas
Reporter: "The same amount of
restructured water was added to these
soils. The results show significant
differences in the growth of the leaves
as well as in the development of the root
Left: Restructured water was applied
twice. Right: Restructured water was
applied five times.
Reporter: "Here are two plants grown with
the same amount of Thomas compost and
watered with restructured water twice
(left) and five times (right) over a 20
day period. Great differences are seen in
the amount of leaf growth and in the
development of the root systems."
Ms. Torisu: "In order to protect our
lives, we desire fresh and healthy food
that we can consume without worry."
Mr. Kamon: "Being tasty and cheap is not
enough in today's market."
Reporter: "Why are conventional
agricultural methods demanding so much
reflection at a meeting of consumers,
producers, distributors and agricultural
Reporter: "Another factor in agricultural
produce is scavenger water."
Professor Esatoguchi, Nakakyushu Junior
College: "The word scavenger is not
familiar to our ears. The closest
Japanese translation would be "a cleaner
that erases free radicals."
Reporter: "Antioxidants such as vitamin
C, beta carotene, and flavonoids that
kill free radicals are abundant in
vegetables, fruits and grain."
Prof, Esatoguchi: "This is another reason
why it is important to grow produce
without many agricultural chemicals."
Reporter: "The farmers in southern Aso
area and the surrounding region have
started to actively grow safer and higher
quality agricultural produce.
"Some change has started to be seen in
major supermarkets and distribution
systems. However, in order to make this
change a success, consumer consciousness
needs to be changed."
Consumer 1: "I want to eat food that is
as safe for the body as possible."
Consumer 2: "Organic produce clearly tastes better. What it looks like on the outside is not important."
Reporter: "The Aso area is now in its second year of a new agricultural method
that uses organic fertilizer consisting
of microorganisms and water and a
decreased amount of agricultural chemical
use. The farmers are exited about
challenging this new horizon."
Announcer A: "It is amazing that they
produce that much without using
agricultural chemicals, isn't it?"
Announcer B: "I wanted to learn more
about restructured water. Currently, this
agricultural method is used only in the
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