Fellow Researchers Profile



Research Director

Senior Fellow (Adjunct), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
[Research Themes]
Forestry policy
Agricultural policy
Trade policy


  • Food and agricultural policy
  • Disadvantaged region issues
  • WTO agricultural negotiations
  • Trade and environment
  • Trade and food safety
  • Trade Policy


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2005 Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, the University of Tokyo
1982 Master of Applied Economics, University of Michigan
1982 Master of Public Administration, University of Michigan
1977 Bachelor of Law, the University of Tokyo


2009 Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies
2008 Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation
2008 Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
2007 Deputy-Director General, Rural Development Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan
2006 Director General, Rural Infrastructure Development, Rural Development Bureau, MAFF
2003 Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
2002 Deputy-Director General, International Affairs Department, MAFF
2001 Director, Administration Division, Food Agency, MAFF
1998 Director, Rural Development Division, MAFF
1995 Counselor, the Japanese Mission to European Union in Brussels, Belgium
1994 Director, GATT Affairs Division, MAFF
1977 Joined MAFF


  • “The Political Economy of Japanese Agricultural Trade Negotiations” in The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy, Palgrave MacMillan 2015.
  • “Japanese Agricultural Trade Policy and Sustainable Development” International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2015.
  • “Japan Should Move Quickly to Participate in the TPP Negotiations”, Japan Echo Web, 2011/2012.
  • “Special Farming Zones and Land-Use Planning for Riviving the Agricultural Industry”, Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°3, 2011.
  • The Environment and Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of WTO and Multilateral Environment Agreements , Nihon Hyoronsha 2011.
  • “Ensuring Japan’s Food Security through Free Trade not Tariffs”, East Asia Forum, 2010.
  • “Agricultural trade policy reform in Japan: options for achieving change” in R. Melēndez-Ortiz, C. Bellmann, and J. Hepburn eds. Agricultural Subsidies in the WTO Green Box, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • “Implications for Japan of the July 2008 Draft Agricultural Modalities”, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2008.
  • Food Safety and International Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of the WTO’s SPS Agreement, Nihon Hyoronsha 2008.
  • “Food and Agriculture Problems for Japan and the World in the Twenty-first Century,” Asia-Pacific Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 2006.
  • *Authored numerous articles in Japanese newspapers and economic magazines