Osaka University of Economics  Faculty of Economics

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Agricultural Economics / Agricultural Economics
Primary Works
Fujimoto, T. and Tsunekawa, I. (2007): Cost and Benefit for Launching Integrated Farming System of Arable and Livestock by Rice Whole Crop Silage-Economical Evaluation of Impacts on Feed Self-Sufficiency, Livestock Waste Recycling and Paddy Conservation. Japanese Journal of Farm Management, 45(1).
Fujimoto, T. et al. (2006): Evaluation of Potential Recreational Benefits of Satoyama Forest-Using GIS and Benefit Transfer. Journal of Rural Planning, 25(2).
Fujimoto, T. (2005): Evaluation of Local Food-Sufficiency Ratio from the standpoint of "Produce Locally and Consume Locally"-Using Interregional Input-Output Analysis. Journal of Rural Economics, 77(2).
Fujimoto, T. (2003): Forest Sustainability and Property Rights-Case Study in a traditional Forestry District. Journal of Rural Planning, 22(1).
Fujimoto, T. (2000): Evaluation of Economic Impacts of Tourism in Mountainous Region. Journal of Rural Problem, 36(3)
My Classes
As a result of economic globalization, Japan's food self-sufficiency rate has declined to 40%. Japanese agricultural villages are suffering from depopulation and desolation of farmlands and forests. Beautiful pastoral landscapes and the natural environment are being lost due to a decline in agricultural activities. It is time to reevaluate the importance of locally producing food that is consumed in respective regions. In my classes, students study food problems, revitalization of agricultural and mountain villages, and environmental problems related to agriculture and farming villages.
My Research Programs
In addition to securing a stable food supply, increasing the food self-sufficiency rate helps preserve beautiful pastoral landscapes and protect the natural environment. In this age of increasing environmental awareness, I doubt if it is truly necessary to transport food from large distances, consuming significant amounts of fossil fuels. Using my knowledge of economics, I hope to predict future food self-sufficiency rates and clarify whether or not a high food self-sufficiency rate benefits society.
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