As president-elect Joe Biden prepares for his inauguration, the international community is anticipating how the incoming administration will approach free trade.
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Today, Japan's rice yield per hectare is 40% lower than that of California. It has also been surpassed by China, whose yield per hectare was only half that of Japan 50 years ago.
The TPP may once again gain attention as a multilateral agreement that complements the problem-plagued WTO.
Labor shortages do not uniformly affect all agricultural sectors.
For the sake of food security, Japan needs to abolish the policy of curbing its rice acreage.