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Japan, with a population of about 125 million, is a major importer of agricultural products. Japan's mountainous topography limits the area available for farming, with a total cultivated land area of around 4.8 million hectares. Farm holdings are small, averaging just over 1.5 hectares.Japan has producer support levels among the highest in OECD, driven in part by food security concerns and memories of food shortages during World War II and its aftermath. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has used a combination of border measures, domestic policies including direct budgetary payments, regulation and mandated administrative processes to support domestic production.This policy note first provides an overview of the policies that Japan has traditionally used to support its agricultural sector. Following this, new policy developments that seem to signal a shift towards a more decoupled framework are described. Finally, some possible changes in the structure of Japanese agriculture resulting from demographic drivers are outlined.

Keywords: Japan ; agricultural policy ; demographic change ; adjustment ; food security

Variant title: Examen de la politique agricole du Japon

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Food Security and Poverty

Institutional and Behavioral Economics

Land Economics/Use

Resource /Energy Economics and Policy

Issue Date: 2007-10

Publication Type: Report

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/46671

Total Pages: 5

Series Statement: Agricultural Policy Reviews

Volume 3, Number 1

Record appears in: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada > Economic and Market Information





Autor: Gilmour, Brad ; Gurung, Rajendra Kumar

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/46671?ln=en







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