Policy Changes from the Perspectives of Rice Farmers and Consumers Organizations

By: Nicole Freiner  

In the past several years, within the context of the global food trade and international agreements on agriculture, the Japanese government has performed a nearly wholesale shift in its policies toward rice growers and farmers. These changes, though protested by both farmers and consumers are likely to open Japanese agriculture to increasing corporate ownership and genetically modified foods. Alongside these policies changes, the Japanese diet or washoku has been included on the list of Intangible World Cultural Heritages and the Japanese government is formulating a policy response that puts rice at the core of the Japanese diet in its nutrition and trade policy. This paper presents research on these current policy changes from the perspectives of rice farmers and consumers organizations that was conducted in Japan by the author.

Policy Japan Rice
Food, Politics, and Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Nicole Freiner

Associate Professor, History and Social Sciences, Bryant University, United States
RI, United States

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. My research focuses on the intersections between citizens and the state, especially most recently with regard to agricultural and food policies. As the daughter of a farmer myself, I have witnessed the dramatic changes to both agricultural policy and food and nutrition policy. Now I research both of these areas in Japan, where I conduct research with farmers and consumer organizations. My most recent book, being published by Palgrave Macmillan is called "Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan: The Demist of a Traditional Lifestyle" forthcoming Spring 2018.