Project Leader, Social Sciences Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Professional Experience & Education
|2006:||Project Leader, Social Sciences Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences|
|2005:||Associate Professor, Department of Global Agricultural Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo|
|2001:||Senior Research Scientist, International Information Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences|
|1999:||Senior Research Scientist, Overseas Information Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
|1998:||Research Scientist, Overseas Information Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
|1995:||Special Researcher for Science and Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency|
1994: Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo
Agricultural Economics, Chinese Agriculture, Food Economics
I am involved in the study of Chinese agricultural and food problems, due in part to my Chinese background. As is well known, China is both the world’s largest producer and consumer of food. Changes in food supply have a large impact on the world’s food markets. Food supply is affected by government policy, prices, environment conditions (land, water, climate), and consumption preferences. Research in the field of social science must take into consideration the needs of the present society and current issues. I have conducted China-related research into the supply and demand and distribution structure of rice and other primary foods, changes in food consumption patterns accompanying economic development (rice, soybeans, milk products, meat), changes in the agricultural economy in areas near the national border due to the Free Trade Agreement, trends in supply and demand for livestock and feed, and problems relating to the overemployment of agricultural labor.
In recent years, I have focused on analyzing supply and demand trends for Japonica rice in the northeastern part of China, and with a focus on milk-related issues. Furthermore, I have commenced research on consumer preferences for Nigerian cowpeas in order to resolve food problems in Africa.