[JETRO San Francisco Webinar] Business Opportunities in Japan's AgTech Industry

Aug 26, 2016

Japan’s agriculture industry is rapidly approaching a point of change. In the last decade, Japan’s food self-sufficiency has hovered near 40%, making it the lowest-ranked nation for food self-sufficiency among the 12 developed countries polled in an international comparison. In addition, Japan’s domestic agriculture industry is suffering from a labor shortage, with the majority of Japanese farmers being over the age of 70. These developments have led Japan to find a 21st century solution to its domestic agriculture problems in the form of AgTech.


This webinar will serve as an introductory course to Japan’s current AgTech scene. It will highlight the current Japanese AgTech landscape and its business prospects, provide updates on recent developments in agricultural policy, and offer suggestions about how to enter the Japanese market as an AgTech company.






The Business Opportunities in Japan's AgTech Industry webinar will run Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT. The webinar is online and accessible from any internet-connected device. 


This online webinar will be held in English and will include both slides and a verbal delivery. The webinar is limited to the first 100 attendees, so early sign up is strongly recommended.  



Through this webinar, attendees will:

  1.  Understand the AgTech market in Japan through emerging players and incumbents in the industry
  2. Learn recent developments in the AgTech business space, including the reform of Agricultural Cooperatives (noh-kyo) and government programs for “smart agriculture”
  3. Understand possible paths for entry into the Japanese market, and how JETRO can support this process


Come discover what business opportunities are available to you in Japan’s AgTech industry! We look forward to your attendance at this unique event.




YOSHIAKI TOJO, Chief Executive Director of JETRO San Francisco


Yoshi TOJO was appointed to the Chief Executive Director of JETRO San Francisco in August 2014, responsible for promoting Cross-Pacific business development and technology commercialization.  Yoshi has long been engaged in R&D management and technology startup acceleration, with his wide-ranging experiences in economic analysis and innovation promotion at the Government of Japan (NEDO, METI, and MOFA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Kyoto University.




JETRO San Francisco's monthly webinar series premiers every fourth Thursday of each month.  Coming seminar events are scheduled as follows:


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