Japanese agriculture: towards a sustainable, trade-oriented future
James Brady，? Research Fellow，? APIR
Japanese agriculture: Pathways to a sustainable， trade-oriented future (日本における持続可能な貿易志向型農業の展望)
This research examines Japanese agriculture and its potential for achieving an enhanced role in international trade in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decades. A fundamental reorientation of the sector is more urgent than ever， since a shrinking home market， an expanding regional market and a worsening domestic fiscal outlook imply that Japan’s farming sector should become more export-oriented if it is to become sustainable. Inherent features like quality， taste， and safety mean that Japan’s food products could increase their share of the high-value segment of the growing international food market.
Two research stages were completed in fiscal 2014: (1) preliminary investigations into current trends and recent innovations in the agriculture sector and (2) an online survey of policy preference determinants. In fiscal 2015， the stages of the research will be organised as follows: (3) agriculture as an export sector?lessons from Europe; (4) agriculture as an import sector?lessons from Japanese manufacturing companies; (5) creating pathways to a trade-oriented future.
It is expected that this research will provide useful data about current trends in agriculture and relevant comparative information regarding exports and imports from the cases of the EU policy reforms and MNC production networks. It will also produce nuanced policy recommendations for achieving a more prosperous and sustainable agricultural sector.
Corporations and those engaged in farming will find the report useful both for better understanding the current situation in Japanese agriculture and for understanding the most promising growth areas for the future， including through case studies. Economic bodies will find it useful for its neutral analysis of consumer attitudes， and indications of potential and pathways for future growth.
- 2014年度の報告書が完成しました。 [ 2015-07-16 ]