IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0255
May 31, 2016

Blind Spot in Japan's Agricultural Export Strategy
Can agriculture surpass the auto industry?

Hayato Ishii
Senior Writer and Editorial Writer
Kyodo News

Looking ahead to ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Abe administration is channeling resources into agricultural, forestry and fishing exports as one pillar of its "aggressive agriculture" policy, but more exports won't necessarily boost farmers' income. With Japan's farming population shrinking and aging, its supply capacity too is diminishing. Securing and training the next generation of farmers will therefore be essential in growing exports.
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Series: Regional Revitalization (Part6)
Numata Town Tackles Regional Revitalization
With a Unique Compact Eco-Town Concept and Snow-Preserved Product Strategy

Yoshinori Kanehira
Numata Town

In Numata Town, Hokkaido, locals are spearheading regional revitalization with two unique strategies: a rural version of the compact eco-town concept, and the use of snow as a key local resource.
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The 2016 Kyushu-Vietnam Economic Exchange Mission

Tsutomu Kobayashi
Administration Group, Planning and Coordination Division
Mayor's Office, Omura City
(Formerly Industrial Exchange Unit Chief, International Affairs Division
Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry)

Kyushu Economy International (KEI) sent an economic exchange mission to Ho Chi Minh City over February 21-26. The mission comprised 46 members and was led by KEI Chair Yutaka Aso.
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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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