Research Director Kazuhito YAMASHITA



Senior Fellow (Adjunct), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

[Research Themes]


  • Food and agricultural policy
    Disadvantaged region issues
    WTO agricultural negotiations
    Trade and environment
    Trade and food safety
    Trade Policy

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  • 2005 Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, the University of Tokyo
  • 1982 Master of Applied Economics, University of Michigan
  • 1982 Master of Public Administration, University of Michigan
  • 1977 Bachelor of Law, the University of Tokyo


  • 2009 Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies
  • 2008 Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation
  • 2008 Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
  • 2007 Deputy-Director General, Rural Development Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan
  • 2006 Director General, Rural Infrastructure Development, Rural Development Bureau, MAFF
  • 2003 Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
  • 2002 Deputy-Director General, International Affairs Department, MAFF
  • 2001 Director, Administration Division, Food Agency, MAFF
  • 1998 Director, Rural Development Division, MAFF
  • 1995 Counselor, the Japanese Mission to European Union in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1994 Director, GATT Affairs Division, MAFF
  • 1977 Joined MAFF


  • “The Political Economy of Japanese Agricultural Trade Negotiations” in The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy, Palgrave MacMillan 2015.
  • “Japanese Agricultural Trade Policy and Sustainable Development” International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2015.
  • “Japan Should Move Quickly to Participate in the TPP Negotiations”, Japan Echo Web, 2011/2012.
  • “Special Farming Zones and Land-Use Planning for Riviving the Agricultural Industry”, Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°3, 2011.
  • The Environment and Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of WTO and Multilateral Environment Agreements , Nihon Hyoronsha 2011.
  • “Ensuring Japan’s Food Security through Free Trade not Tariffs”, East Asia Forum, 2010.
  • “Agricultural trade policy reform in Japan: options for achieving change” in R. Melēndez-Ortiz, C. Bellmann, and J. Hepburn eds. Agricultural Subsidies in the WTO Green Box, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • “Implications for Japan of the July 2008 Draft Agricultural Modalities”, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2008.
  • Food Safety and International Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of the WTO’s SPS Agreement, Nihon Hyoronsha 2008.
  • “Food and Agriculture Problems for Japan and the World in the Twenty-first Century,” Asia-Pacific Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 2006.
  • *Authored numerous articles in Japanese newspapers and economic magazines