Kazuhito Yamashita

Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies; Senior fellow, RIETI

Kazuhito Yamashita is the Research Director of the Canon Institute for Global Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in 1977, and subsequently held positions including as Director, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Affairs Division; Counselor, Japanese Mission to European Union in Brussels; and Deputy-Director General, Rural Development Bureau. He retired from MAFF in 2008.

He received his Ph.D. in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo. He has published 17 books in Japanese as the sole author and numerous articles in Japanese newspapers and economic magazines. His publications include The Political Economy of Japanese Agricultural Trade Negotiations in The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy; Series: The TPP and Agricultural Revitalization, IIST e-Magazine; Agricultural trade policy reform in Japan: options for achieving change in Agricultural Subsidies in the WTO Green Box; Food and Agriculture Problems for Japan and the World in the Twenty-first Century, in Asia-Pacific Review; The Environment and Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of WTO and Multilateral Environment Agreements; and Food Safety and International Trade-Legal and Economic Analysis of the WTO’s SPS Agreement.

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  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey