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Osamu KAMIYAMA,Director General
Osamu KAMIYAMA, Director General

 

  The Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF), was established in 2001 as a daughter organization of the National Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (NRIAE), following a policy reform of central ministries and agencies for introducing a directly controlled research institute under each ministry. We at PRIMAFF conduct comprehensive scientific research related to agricultural, forestry, and fishery policies.
Hence, our mission is to collect data constituting the foundation of policy decision making, analyze and investigate such data, and provide accurate information to administrative departments about the research results. Additionally, in response to society’s increasing interest in food, agriculture, and rural issues, we aim to increase public awareness of food and agricultural policies by publicizing and disseminating the relevant research results in plain language among various research institutions and the general public.

  The scenario has been changing drastically, as evidenced through the following:
1. The shortage of labor as a result of the rapid advance of population and birthrates decline, and aging population.
2. The 4th Industrial Revolution and Society 5.0: The Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have led to significant reforms in the industrial structure.
3. The progression of globalization, as evident from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP11), Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreements, and a focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs).

  To respond appropriately to these changes, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is promoting the following agricultural policy reforms based on the “Plan to Create Dynamism through Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Local Communities.” Its core initiatives are directed toward “Transforming of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Sector to the Growth Industry” and “the Creation of Beautiful, Vibrant Rural Areas.” Under these initiatives, various policies have been implemented, including concentrating farmland ownership in the hands of core farmers through the Public Corporation for Farmland Consolidation, promoting smart agriculture based on information and communication technologies (ICT), promoting the export of domestic food stuffs, and revitalizing regions through initiatives such as building farm stays and encouraging farming with people with disabilities.

  When promoting these measures, it is important to understand accurately the actual circumstances of sites. This has been an important issue since I was serving as the director of the Kinki Regional Agricultural Administration Office. Additionally, it is essential to perform an accurate analysis of the background from which this situation has arisen and the direction of future policies, and to provide prompt results in order to formulate more effective policies.

  Concerning the development of agricultural policies amidst increasing globalization, it is also important to understand the macro-level trends in global food supply and demand, the scale of the global food and beverages market, trends in the agricultural sector, and agricultural policies of major countries from a mid- to long-term perspective.

  Moreover, in response to the evidence-based policymaking (EBPM) promoted by the Government, it is essential for our Institute to play the roles of a consultant and verifier by utilizing the knowledge acquired through diverse research activities.

  To fulfill these responsibilities diligently, we categorized our research areas into “International research,” “Food policy research,” and “Agricultural and rural development research.” Additionally, by setting projects that deal with overarching themes as the cornerstones, we conduct research works in cooperation with administrative departments. Furthermore, “The Special Research Projects for Administration” are implemented dynamically and flexibly, delivering results within a year, to meet the administrative needs of the time.

  Regarding resource management, we are assigning appropriate roles to researchers from the administrative sections to develop close collaboration with the policy planning departments. Assignment of various staff, by recruiting researchers on specific themes, enables us to conduct research in close collaboration with administrative departments, which is typical of our institute and cannot be found in universities and other research institutions.

  While making the best possible use of these features, we try to enhance the quality of research. We also try to contribute to policy planning through symposia, results briefing sessions, and press releases. All our efforts are concentrated on organizational operations to ensure that our institute can be understood and supported by the public. Finally, I would like to request the support and understanding of all our stakeholders.

Apr. 2019
Osamu KAMIYAMA
Director General