Panellists Speaker
Panel 2: Imperatives for Securing the Food Production Base

Dr Kazuhito Yamashita

Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies

Dr Kazuhito Yamashita is a research director at the Canon Institute for Global Studies and a senior fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, an affiliated body of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

He has received Ph.D. in Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, Master of Applied Economics and Master of Public Administration at University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Law at the University of Tokyo. He Joined Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan in 1977. Since then, he was assigned to positions such as Director, GATT Affairs Division, Counselor, the Japanese Mission to European Union in Brussels, Deputy-Director General, Rural Development Bureau, and retired from MAFF in 2008.

He has authored 19 books as a single author in Japanese and numerous articles in Japanese newspapers and economic magazines. He has also made a lot of TV and radio appearances. He emphasizes both the necessity of a fundamental policy reform in order to revitalize Japanese agriculture and the importance of free trade in order to achieve Japan’s food security. His views and opinions are widely recognized by the Japanese public and frequently cited by both domestic and foreign media.