Department of Agri-Food Business

Department of Agri-Food Business

Exploring food and agriculture from economic and management perspectives.

By learning global and local agri-food systems in economic and management perspectives, through courses rich in both theoretical wisdom and hands-on experience, we will nurture students’ problem-solving skills that are broadly applicable to today’s globalizing society.

Key Points of Study

01Learn the diverse economic and business issues in today’s agri-food systems

Under the theme of "Agriculture" and "food" that are essential for human life and social activities, the students will learn how the food system works and what issues are included through basics to practical learning.


02Discover the challenges in agri-food systems and wisdoms that lead to solutions

To acquire the intelligence of problem discovering and solving, the students will be trained to look at the food production, processing, distribution and consumption from theoretical and practical sides.


03Gain the practical problem-solving skills through courses rich in hands-on experience

To be active in both the local and international communities, the students will be prepared with expertise in economics, management, policy, food industry, distribution, marketing, etc. -a mind of global and local scope, and practical skills.



Students will learn about the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of agricultural products and foods through economics, management, marketing, etc. from dimensions of the international society as well as the local community.


●Compulsory Courses
■Elective Compulsory Courses A
▲Elective Compulsory Courses A

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  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
●Introduction to Agriculture
●Basic Seminar in Agriculture
Seminar in Global Agriculture Seminar in Smart Agriculture
Agricultural Meteorology
Forest Ecology
Agricultural Intellectual Property
Fundamental Courses ●Introduction to Agri-Food Business
●Food and Agricultural Ethics
●Basic Economics
●Basic Statistics
●Modern History of Food and Agriculture
Agricultural Bookkeeping and Accounting
Social Research
Frontier of Agri-Food business
Agricultural Economics, Management and Policy Courses   ●Farm Business
▲Food and Agricultural Economics
▲Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policy
▲Farm Business Management
Rural Sociology
Sextiary Industry Management
■Food and Agriculture Business Practice
Rural Resource Management
Food Industry and Distribution Courses ●Economics of Food System ▲Food Industry
▲Food and Agricultural Market
Distribution of Agricultural and Livestock Products
Distribution and Marketing System of Fishery Products
■Food Business Strategy
Marketing of Agricultural and Fishery Products
Food Labelling and Certification
Female Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Food and agriculture symbiosis and recycling-oriented agriculture Courses ●Symbiosis of Food and Agriculture ▲Issues in Sustainable Agriculture
▲Dietary and Agricultural Education
Urban Agriculture
■Rural Community Business
Non-Profit Organizations
Organic Agriculture
International Agriculture Courses   ●Comparative Agriculture
International Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Development
Modern Korean Agriculture
Modern Chinese Agriculture
Specialty Comprehensive
Agricultural Production Courses     Horticultural Technique
Plant Disease
Plant Improvement
Insects and Human Life
Crops and Energy Production
Living Soil
Applied Biology Courses     Molecular World of the Plants
Genome and Life
Biodiversity and Evolution
Animals and Human Life
Microorganisms and Human Life
Marine Organisms and Human Life
Food and Nutrition Courses     Introduction to Food Science
Food Safety
Seasonal Foods and Meal Mixed with Chinese Medicine
Nutrition and Sports
Nutrition and Health
Eating habit and prevention of chronic diseases
Seminars and graduation research ●Freshman Seminar
●Basic Seminar of Agri-Food Business I
●Basic Seminar of Agri-Food Business II
●Basic Seminar of Agri-Food Business III
●Research of Agri-Food Business I
●Research of Agri-Food Business II
●Graduation Research
General Education Subjects Common Courses ●Introduction to Liberal Arts      
Language Courses Japanese Reading and Writing
Basic English Ia
Basic English Ib
Basic English IIa
Basic English IIb
Practical English I
Practical English II
Chinese I
Chinese II
Basic English Conversation a
Basic English Conversation b
Overseas Language Training
IT Courses ●Information Literacy I
Information Literacy II
Physical Education Sports Science I
Sports Science II
Cultural Studies Psychology
Regional Geography
Human Geography
Cultural Anthropology
Women’s Studies
Social Studies Study of Volunteer Activity
Introduction to Economics
Japanese Politics
Introduction to Jurisprudence
Introduction to Management
Tourism Studies
Japanese Constitution    
Natural Sciences Mathematics
Life and Environment Earth and Space Science
Experiments in Earth Science
Career ●Career Design I Career Design II
Development of Mathematical Ability
For International Students Japanese Culture and Society FI
Japanese Culture and Society FII
Japanese Reading FI
Japanese Reading FII
Japanese Grammar FI
Japanese Grammar FII
Japanese Reading and Writing FI
Japanese Reading and Writing FII
Comprehensive Japanese FI
Comprehensive Japanese FII
Japanese for Specific Purposes FI
Japanese for Specific Purposes FII
Japanese Conversation FI
Japanese Conversation FII
For Returning Students Japanese Culture and Society RI
Japanese Culture and Society RII
Japanese Reading R
Japanese Grammar R
Japanese Reading and Writing R
Comprehensive Japanese R
Japanese for Specific Purposes R
Japanese Conversation R


With diverse expertise in social science, the faculty seek business and policy solutions for the challenges in today’s agri-food systems.

Some 12 faculty members are working in the department with diverse expertise in social science, each consisting independent laboratory, and are grouped into following three modules.

Department of Agri-Food Business
Department Head Taichi Kitagawa

Agricultural Economics, Management and Policy

Laboratory of Farm Business
Shunsuke YANAGIMURA[Professor]
Laboratory of Agricultural Policy
Kunihisa YOSHII[Professor]
Laboratory of Agricultural Economics
Kijung Sung[Professor]
Laboratory of Rural Resource Management
Toshikazu URADE[Associate Professor]

Food Industry and Distribution

Laboratory of Food and Agricultural Marketing
Masayuki ONO[Professor]
Laboratory of Food Industry
Eiji HAMADA[Professor]
Laboratory of Food Marketing
Kumi SOEJIMA[Associate Professor]
Laboratory of Food Distribution
Jessy R. DAI[Lecturer]

Food-Agriculture Symbiosis and Closed Loop Agriculture

Laboratory of Food and Agriculture Symbiosis
Taichi KITAGAWA[Professor/Department Head]
Laboratory of Agro-Ecosystems Management
Ueru TANAKA[Professor]
Laboratory of Food and Agriculture Education
Kana NAKATSUKA[Associate Professor]
Laboratory of Sustainable Food System
Yoko TANIGUCHI[Associate Professor]

Laboratory of Farm Business

There used to be large number of small farms in Japan, but such traditional situations have changed significantly for several decades. While the business has been diversifying and expanding in scale, it has developed from one run by an individual or a family to a corporate farm that employs employees. On the other hand, we are concerned about the decline of agriculture such as the closure of farms, aging of farmers and the occurrence of abandoned farm land. In our laboratory, we will consider the desirable relationship between economic society and farm business while analyzing the change of farm business in detail by comparing it with overseas agriculture.

Shunsuke YANAGIMURA[Professor]

From an international perspective, I’m interested in the issue of intergenerational farm transfer.

The following two research themes have been undertaken so far. One is the intergenerational farm transfer, and I have accumulated research on the issue of farm successors and new entry into farming. The main research field has been Hokkaido, but through research in North America and exchanges with Korean researchers, we have delved the research while comparing them with overseas. Recently, we are looking at various problems that small companies running a business outside of agriculture have. The other is rural and social issues, which is in line with Hokkaido, which has been my research base for many years. Since I left Hokkaido, I will think about how to develop this theme.

Intergenerational Farm Transfer from International Aspect
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Laboratory of Agricultural Policy

Kunihisa YOSHII[Professor]

Agricultural Insurance Program
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Laboratory of Agricultural Economics

Our primary research interests are economic theory and agricultural economics.
More specifically, we work on fourth industrial revolution, farming solar photovoltaic, smart agriculture, sixth industrialization, basic income, sharing economy, and metaverse in farming,etc. Highly-motivated students are always welcome to join our group.

Kijung Sung[Professor]

Exploration of agricultural economics based on precise economic theory!

I study the various economic phenomena and issues that arise in the agriculture and food sector in relation to other sectors of the economic system. In other words, my main research interest is in agriculture as an industry and rural areas as a community, and I approach the various issues arising from these in an integrated manner from an economic perspective. I am also studying Metaverse, sharing economy, basic income, emissions trading, and biblical economics etc.

The Possibilities and Prospects of Farming Solar Photovoltaic by the PPA Model
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Laboratory of Rural Resource Management

Toshikazu URADE[Associate Professor]

Laboratory of Food and Agricultural Marketing

Masayuki ONO[Professor]

Laboratory of Food Industry

Food industry is comprised of various industries.
Students o Food industry laboratory could study wide range of industries, such as agriculture, fisheries, distribution services and food processing.
Food industry is comprised of various size of business, from small food processing family-owned business to big companies of brewing.
Recently, our research has been concerned with starting a new business in 6th industry, that consists of distribution business and processing business.

Eiji HAMADA[Professor]

The regeneration of exhausted fishing village

Aquaculture industry in Japan has two characteristic properties, that is, a variety of fish species; yellowtail, amberjack, red sea beam and tiger puffer, and variety of business size from Big company; Nisssui to small family business.
The regeneration of exhausted fishing village depends on the growth of the aquaculture industry. And we will develop the ideal way of aquaculture management and marketing.

Food industry marketing strategy
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Laboratory of Food Marketing

There is a significant decrease in the birthrate and an ageing, declining, population. Also, the number of foreigners visiting Japan is increasing. Other trends include an increasing number of working women in Japan coupled with changing attitudes towards having a family, a problem of income disparity, changing lifestyles and a diversification of values in Japan. There are many different ways of having a family.
Amongst all this, how do consumers view different products and choose products from agricultural, seafood and processed food.
In addition, what kind of marketing methods are producers, companies in the food industry, distributors, retailers etc. doing?
We focus our research on these new trends and aim to contribute to the creation of a sustainable agriculture, fisheries industry and society where people can enjoy a rich and varied diet.

Kumi SOEJIMA[Associate Professor]

Thinking about the world of food and agriculture through marketing

How would you choose food? The cheaper, the better? Would taste be most important? Safety? Convenience?
Recently, the demands of consumers regarding agricultural produce, seafood and processed food have become more varied. How should producers, distributors and consumer facing businesses market to these consumers? We will be linking up case studies and theory.

Laboratory of Food Distribution

Distribution plays a role in filling the temporal, geographical, and social gaps in the production and consumption of food as a commodity. The distribution system is formed based on the social and economic conditions of each country and is changing with globalization. In this laboratory, we devote ourselves to finding out the mechanism and role of distribution by focusing on foods and agricultural products, which are essential for our daily lives, to contribute to the stable supply of safe food.

Jessy R. DAI[Lecturer]

Explore the “hidden side” of our “dining table” in the era of economic globalization.

Our diet, including grains for livestock feed, is greatly supported by imported products. As the geographical, temporal, and social distances in the process from raw material production to consumption are constantly expanding, the people, goods, money, information, etc. that make up the chain of business activities in the distribution process transcend national boundaries. Our purpose is to elucidate this complex distribution structure and to create a better system that contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Food Market and Distribution
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Laboratory of Food and Agriculture Symbiosis

In recent years, problems caused by "increasing the distance between food and agriculture" have been pointed out in various aspects. In order to realize a truly rich food and develop Japanese agriculture, we need to connect food and agriculture and think of a way for both to coexist for us. In this laboratory, aiming to realize a society where food and agriculture coexist, measures to connect agriculture, forestry and fishery producers and consumers, agriculture, forestry and fishing country (villages) and urban(towns), production areas and dining tables, and think about the role of co-operatives and food-agriculture related businesses that fulfill them.

Taichi KITAGAWA[Professor/Department Head]

A co-operative that connects food and agriculture

One of my research interests is co-operatives. Co-operatives such as agricultural, consumer, and fishery co-operatives play an important role in supporting our food, agriculture, and the community in various aspects such as production, distribution, sales, and consumption. In recent years, agricultural producers, rural entrepreneurs, and people working on community development have begun to form their own co-operatives. So what kind of philosophy and mechanism does co-operatives connect food and agriculture? It looks forward to listening to the lecture.

Development of community based agricultural corporations and co-operatives
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Laboratory of Agro-Ecosystems Management

In the fields of local communities in Japan, Asia, and Africa, we will engage in research to identify potential local resources and innovate practical techniques and livelihood systems, while learning from the indigenous and empirical knowledge. In doing so, we are conscious of working with fragile environments (societies, resources, and ecosystems that are easily degraded by human activities) and people, including socially vulnerable groups. We aim to find ways to solve complex problems/issues such as poverty alleviation, ecosystem conservation and rural development.

Ueru TANAKA[Professor]

Learning in the Field: Practical Approaches to Poverty Alleviation, Ecosystem Conservation, and Rural Development under Fragile Environments in Japan, Asia and Africa

Exploring potential local resources, learning from indigenous and empirical knowledge, in depopulated areas in Japan and rural areas in Asia (Central Vietnam and Sulawesi Island, Indonesia) and Africa (Zanzibar, Tanzania), I work on researches to innovate practical techniques and livelihood systems which concurrently achieve livelihood improvement and ecosystems conservation. There, I am conscious of how to deal with vulnerable environments (society, resources, ecosystems that are easily deteriorated by human activities) and how to cooperate with vulnerable people (e.g. elderly households, economically poor households, etc.).

Laboratory of Food and Agriculture Education

Laboratory of Sustainable Food System

In this laboratory, we are investigating the ways to promote production and consumption of organic and other kind of foods with ethical aspects, using economics, marketing, and other approaches in social science. Organic foods are the most widely consumed ethical products that are progressively ubiquitous in today’s marketplace, and thus can potentially bring about significant impact on the outcome of our endeavor to build a sustainable society.

Yoko TANIGUCHI[Associate Professor]

Seeking ways to promote sustainable food system for the realization of a sustainable society.

In this laboratory, we are investigating the ways to promote production and consumption of organic and other kind of foods with ethical aspects, using economics, marketing, and other approaches in social science. We are currently working on the following research topics: 1) Understanding consumer behavior and identifying factors that contribute to the growth of organic food market; 2) Explicating the characteristics and market structure of organic food system; and 3) Clarification of measures that serve to more reliable and internationally comparable organic food market data.

Sustainable Food System
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Career Paths

Fitting the broad range of positions in agri-food industry.

Students are expected to acquire knowledge in economics, management, marketing and other social science theories and the ability to apply these expertise to tackle various problems related to food and agriculture in Japan and other parts of the world.

Related license and qualifications

Japan Agricultural Certification Examination, Food Producer of 6th level of Industrialization, Food Education Instructor, Food Coordinator, HACCP Extension Instructor, Statistics Certification Examination, Bookkeeping Examination, Economics Examination (ERE), IT Passport, Information Processing Examination, TOEIC, EIKEN, Personal Information Protection Certificate, Intellectual Property Management Skill Test, Building Lots Building trader, Small and medium-sized enterprise diagnostician, etc.

Career paths after graduation

A wide range of career paths for professionals specialized in Agri-Food business.

  1. Agriculture-related companies and organizations
    Sales and administrative positions in companies engaged in seeds and seedlings, agricultural materials, food and beverages, chemicals, etc.
    Sales and clerical work for companies in food and other distribution and sales, transportation, warehousing, finance, food services, etc.
    Sales staff of agricultural cooperatives and agricultural corporations
  2. National and public agricultural institutions and administrations
    National and local government agricultural policy makers
  3. Graduate School Enrollment
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