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Meiji University
School of Agriculture
Job title
Doctor of Philosophy in International Economics(Aoyama Gakuin University), Master of Arts in Development Economics(University of Sussex), Master of Science in Agricultural Economics with Distinction(University of London), Bachelor of Agriculture(Iwate University)
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Meiji University Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Policy, School of Agriculture Professor
Apr 2018
Mar 2019
University of California, Davis Agricultural Issues Center Visiting Scholar
Apr 2013
Mar 2018
Meiji University Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Policy, School of Agriculture Associate Professor
Dec 2011
Dec 2012
Cabinet Secretariat National Strategy Office Counsellor
Apr 2007
Mar 2013
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries International Economic Affairs Division, International Affairs Department Director for FTA Negotiations


Apr 2008
Mar 2011
Department of International Economics, Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University
Oct 1994
Aug 1995
Development Economics, Graduate Research Centre in Social Sciences, University of Sussex
Oct 1993
Sep 1994
Department of Agricultural Economics, Wye College (merged with Imperial College), University of London
Apr 1984
Mar 1988
Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University

Committee Memberships

Apr 2014
Mar 2016
Agricultural Economics Society of Japan  Council Member

Awards & Honors

May 2016
The truth about Japan's participation in the TPP negotiations: Revealing its policy process, Incentive award 2015, Japan Academy for International Trade and Business, Japan Academy for International Trade and Business

Published Papers

The rice price policy in East Asian countries: its goals and consequences
Agriculture and Economy   63(4) 74-80   Mar 1997
Multifunctionality of agriculture: Determinants of different policy instruments in Japan and Europe
Agriculture and Economy   68(8) 109-120   Jul 2002
Journal of Rural Planning Association   22(1) 37-45   Jun 2003   [Refereed][Invited]
This article attempted to identify the underlying factors creating different perceptions of and policy instruments for multifunctionality in developed countries. The main conclusion is that the types of farming and the length of cultivation histor...
International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology   4(3/4) 203-215   Jul 2005   [Refereed][Invited]
The debate over non-trade concerns (NTC) and trade liberalisation for the past decade is reviewed and convergences and remaining conflicts are identified. It is found that, while the legitimacy of multifunctionality is no longer controversial and ...
Direct payments for environmental services from mountain agriculture in Japan: Evaluating its effectiveness and drawing lessons for developing countries
electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics   3(1) 27-57   May 2006   [Refereed]
This article evaluates the effectiveness of ex-post targeting of the direct payment program for mountain agriculture in Japan. A regression analysis explaining the entry into the program shows that the farm profitability and the production cost we...


Annual Report on Agriculture 1990
   Apr 1991
Abstract of the Annual Report on Agriculture 1990
National Agricultural Insurance Fund Monthly Report   (457) 2-7   May 1991   [Invited]
Agricultural Outlook 1992
161-180   May 1992
Abstract of the Agricultural Outlook 1992
Japan Grain Importers Association Journal   (525) 1-9   Jun 1992   [Invited]
Reform of and prospects for the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Communities: Analysis of the reforms during the 1980s and the Macsharry Proposal
Proceedings of Dissertations by 45th Trainees for Economic Analysis and Policy Planning Course   45(2) 1-41   Nov 1992

Books etc

Nobunori Kuga, Jun Shobu, Toru Hisazome (Part:Joint Work)
Rural Culture Association Japan   Sep 2001   ISBN:978-4-5400-1078-1
Tsukuba Shobo   Jan 2006   ISBN:978-4-8119-0291-3
Leslie Lipper, Randy Stringer, David Zilberman (Part:Supervisor)
Springer Science   Dec 2008   ISBN:978-0-3877-2969-5
In recent years, development policy has responded to an increasing concern about natural resource degradation by setting up innovative payment for environmental services (PES) programs in developing countries. PES programs use market and instituti...

Conference Activities & Talks

Rural development policies for Japan's Hilly and Mountainous Areas [Invited]
Seminar on Development of Rural Areas with Special Regard to Less Advanced Regions   16 Jan 1998   Japanese-German Centre, Berlin, Germany
Japan's agricultural policy reform [Invited]
Agricultural attaché luncheon meeting   18 Jun 1998   British Embassy
Multifunctionality of agriculture: A Japanese perspective [Invited]
Working Group Meeting on Multifunctionality of Agriculture   14 Sep 2000   Club Demeter (Study group by French agricultural and food industry)
Multifunctionality of agriculture and the WTO agriculture negotiations
WTO Project Study Group   9 Aug 2002   WTO Research Center, Aoyama Gakuin University
Positions of developing countries in the WTO agriculture negotiations
Policy Research Institute Internal Seminar   14 Jan 2004   Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Teaching Experience



We read "Agriculture and Economy" like this: Linking Japanese food boom to the expansion of agricultural exports (Food Trade Seminar, Department of Agri-food and Environmental Policy, School of Agriculture, Meiji University )
The Others   Apr 2017
Welcome to a seminar room: Takumi Sakuyama's seminar
The Others   Apr 2017
The TPP should be a catalyst for change through understanding of its essence
The Others   Nov 2015
Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Policy: Office of Food Trade
The Others   Feb 2015
Political economy of trade negotiations: Why did Japan participate in the TPP negotiations?
The Others   Jul 2014

Research Grants & Projects

Policy process of rice market opening in the TPP: A comparison with the GATT Uruguay Round
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Scientific Research (C) (General)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019
Public choice analysis of agricultural trade policy and international trade agreements
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Today