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Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in Japan

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In Japan, agriculture has been treated differently from other parts of the national economy. However, policy needs to evolve with new agricultural structures and the global trend towards more integrated value chains, enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, and imposing a greater environmental responsibility on producers. Modern agriculture is a technology- and data-intensive industry, and Japan is well-positioned to introduce its competitive technology and skills to agriculture through building more collaborative agricultural innovation system.

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Overview of the food and agriculture situation in Japan

This chapter describes the overall economic, social and environmental context in which Japan’s food and agriculture sector operates, and the natural resource base upon which it relies. It provides an overview of the general geographical and economic characteristics of Japan; identifies the main structural characteristics of the food and agriculture sector; provides an overview of the main food and agriculture outputs and markets; and analyses the main trends in agricultural productivity, competitiveness and sustainability. It finally raises a number of challenges the agro-food complex is likely to face in the future.

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