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Osamu KAMIYAMA,Director General
KAMIYAMA Osamu , Director General

 

  When we look at the domestic situations surrounding food, agriculture, and rural areas, Japan is facing harsh realities such as the decrease in and aging of the agricultural workforce and a decreasing number of rural communities. Whereas, globally, the population is growing, and the size of the food and beverage market is expanding, thereby creating conditions in which motivated farmers can use their originality and ingenuity to promote their business.

  Appropriate responses are required more than ever in response to the ongoing so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution resulting from the remarkable advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT) technology and to significant changes in international environments such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the US-Japan Trade Agreement.
 
  Given these backgrounds, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries developed the Program for Strengthening Agricultural Production Infrastructure to improve the production base and revised the Plan to Create Dynamism through Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Local Communities December in 2019. Active discussions are ongoing, especially within the Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies, with an eye toward developing a new Basic Plan for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas.

  The Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF) is committed, through further cooperation with relevant government agencies, to systematically and steadily conducting researches that enables implementation of policies under the Basic Plan.

  Also, to solve social problems that are being increasingly complex, we must gather wisdom from various fields and transmit our overall research outcomes to society as well as to government policy-making agencies.

  In light of these points of view, the tentative budget for the fiscal year 2020 for promoting the Research through New Collaboration Schemes has been approved; and we will promote policy research that enables appropriate responses to a wide range of issues, by collaborating with universities and other research institutes.

  In addition to the current three comprehensive visiting researchers, since January 2020, we will invite four more researchers from the areas of community revitalization, dietary culture, history of agri-policy history, and environmental economics. We are confident that they will promote the transmission capability of the PRIMAFF.

  We are committed to conducting policy researches to serve society and the public, as well as government agencies, by appropriately corresponding to the changing times. Finally, I would like to request the support and understanding of all our stakeholders.

Jan. 2020
 KAMIYAMA Osamu
Director General