Although the elimination of or substantial reduction in tariffs on agricultural products is required in WTO and FTA negotiations (including TPP negotiations), the Japanese agricultural community is strongly resisting it. On the other hand, the domestic market for edible agricultural products, which has been protected by high tariffs, is declining due to an aging and decreasing population. Measures limited to protecting domestic markets will clearly lead to a decline in Japanese agriculture, and securing overseas markets is now required for agriculture as well. With an awareness of these problems, this project follows RIETI's studies on "food safety and trade" and "the environment and trade" to focus on "agriculture and trade," analyzing the WTO agricultural agreement, Doha Round negotiations, FTA negotiations, etc. from legal and economic perspectives and offering recommendations for specific responses.
April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2013