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Agricultural Policy in a Globalizing World (2013)

Active Years: 2013

The goal of this project is to conduct research that will help inform the next generation of agricultural policy in Japan. Research is focused on aligning the interests of producers and consumers and on developing policy that can support the positive development of Japanese agriculture. In July 2012 the Agricultural Reform in Japan project team published a long-term vision for Japanese agriculture that highlighted the importance of community involvement in Japan's rice cultivation.

There is a need to better understand the challenges facing Japanese agriculture in the light of the aging population of farmers and the shrinking shares of farming households in the rural community. The rural lifestyle has been the target of both praise and disparagement, and there is disagreement on the proper way forward. One factor behind the shortcomings in the current policy is that it has failed to adapt to the changes that have taken place in farming communities.

This project examines the policies needed to achieve the long-term vision outlined by the Tokyo Foundation, conducting analyses of current conditions and identifying inadequacies in Japan's current policy to present cogent proposals on necessary agricultural reforms.

By focusing on real-life issues confronting various stakeholders—farmers, municipal authorities, policymakers, and consumers—the project seeks to outline the ideal shape of Japanese agriculture in a globalizing world.


  • Shogenji, Shinichi (-2015) SENIOR FELLOW


  • Banno, Yuko (2010-14)
  • Tomita, Kiyoyuki

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