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College of International Relations  /
Department of International Relations

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 Yuichiro   AMEKAWA  Associate Professor

■Concurrent affiliation
Graduate School of International Relations
■Graduate school/University/other
03/1996  Osaka University of Foreign Studies  Department of Foreign language  Persian Language  Graduated
06/1999  University of Oregon  International Studies  International Development  Master's course  Completed
08/2010  Iowa State University  Department of Sociology and Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture  Agriculture, Food and Environment  Doctoral course second term (Doctoral)  Completed
■Academic degrees
Rural Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture (co-major) (08/2010 Iowa State University)  
■Career history
07/01/2011-06/30/2012  University of Malaya, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Gender Studies Programme/Senior Lecturer
07/01/2012-03/31/2014  University of Malaya, Faculty of Science, Institute of Biological Sciences/Senior Lecturer
04/16/2014-08/31/2017  School of Agriculture, Kyushu University/ Assistant Professor (contract)
09/01/2017-03/31/2018  School of Agriculture, Kyushu University/ Assistant Professor (tenure)
■Academic society memberships
Japanese Society of Regional and Agricultural Development  
■Licenses and qualifications
Junior High School and High School English Teaching License  (1996)    TOEFL CBT 287/300  (2003)   
■Subject of research
Is a stepwise differentiation of compliance levels within a single GAP standard necessary? – The case of Thailand’s Q-GAP for vegetable value chains.
A study on water resource development in Thailand – Focusing on "King of Development" late Rama IX’s initiatives
■Research summary
I have done research on the role of organic farming, integrated farming, agroforestry, and good agricultural practices (GAP), or collectively called ‘sustainable agriculture,’ for farm management and livelihoods of small-scale farmers and environmental protection in Southeast Asia. In future, I would also like to do research on issues related to water resource use in rural Southeast Asia.

 I would like to pursue the following two studies. The first study is related to public GAP standards in Southeast Asia, especially Q-GAP in Thailand.

In the studies on the operation of agricultural food safety standards in developing countries, of which good agricultural practices (GAP) takes a part, the main approach has been based on economic analysis. Meanwhile, there are relatively few analyses that examine the ability and effectiveness of those standards for the original role or function of safety and quality assurance. In substance, however, the subjects for both types of analysis are very closely related. On one hand, having been observed is the phenomenon that socioeconomically peripheral producers in developing countries are excluded from the export value chain for export due to the enforcement of international food safety standards. Observed on the other is the fact that domestic food safety standards set by the government are so low in required compliance levels that many peripheral producers have been certified and hence are participating in the market. These two observations represent two sides of the same problem. The central question to be addressed in this study is, “would not such a ‘twist’ between international and domestic standards, derived from different market characteristics between overseas market and domestic market, be resolved by a measure to deploy multiple certification levels within a single standard rather than gradually increase the standard certification level?”

With regard to the methodology of this study, it will be based on a comparison of farms who have been certified of Japanese or Western production management standards (mostly based on GlobalGAP), Q-GAP certified farms, and those who have received no certifications. In practice, with regard to the vegetable value chains of asparagaus and cabbage, the study: (1) elucidates the reality of farmer compliance with Q-GAP standard in their production management through comparing the findings of farm survey and pesticide residue analysis; (2) investigates the perceptions of various market actors about the effectiveness of Q-GAP for different market characteristics; and (3) examines, based on the findings from (1) and (2), the mutual linkages in the overall value chains. In case we can verify the presence of the optimal GAP certification levels between Japanese or Western production management standards and the current Q-GAP certification standard, we would believe this study will contribute to proposing the need for a differentiation or multiplication of certification levels within a single GAP standard.

The second study concerns water resource development in Thailand. When late Thai King Rama 9 (Bhumibol Adulyadej) was alive, he devised and promoted a wide range of development projects to improve the livelihoods of rural Thai people suffering from poverty. Hence called the "King of Development, he gathered tremendous popularity and reverence from Thai citizens. On the reverse side of his strong political influence, however, a criticism of the royal family including Rama 9 and others could be criminalized for "lese majesty" and may be subjected to severe punishment. For this reason, development projects promoted by Rama IX have not been paid much attention as an academic research subject, hence the truths remaining in black boxes. In this research, taking hydropower and irrigation development as the central subject of study, I will investigate the historical trend of the development of water resource development in Thailand, the discourses that have been spread to promote development, the actual effectiveness of water use, along with various perceptions of relevant stakeholders involved.
■Research keywords
Sustainable agriculture, Good agricultural practices, rural development, Thai studies 
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Books
Sustainable Agriculture in the Developing World: A Sociological Inquiry  Scholar’s Press  02/2014  978-3-6395-1949-5
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Papers
A computable general equilibrium analysis of the potential impacts of TPP/TPP-11 and RCEP on agriculture in Vietnam  Canh Thai Bui, Jong Hwan Ko, Yuichiro Amekawa, Hiroshi Isoda & Shoichi Ito  Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University  63/ 1, 169-175  05/2018
Impacts of agricultural cooperatives on farmers’ revenues in Cambodia: A case study of Tram Kak district, Takeo province  Sereynithia Hun, Shoichi Ito, Hiroshi Isoda & Yuichiro Amekawa  Journal of Agricultural Science  10/ 2, 82-88  01/2018  1916-9752  10.5539/jas.v10n2p82
Factors influencing members’ perceptions of success in agricultural cooperative in Cambodia: a case study in Tram Kak district, Takeo province  Sereynithia Hun, Hiroshi Isoda, Yuichiro Amekawa, & Shoichi Ito  Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development  8/ 6, 1-6  04/2017
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Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
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■Message from researcher
Introduction to my research
 Research content: I have done research on the role of organic farming, integrated farming, agroforestry, and certification standard called GAP (good agricultural practices), or collectively called ‘sustainable agriculture,’ for farm management and livelihoods of small-scale farmers and environmental protection in Southeast Asia (especially Thailand). In the future, I would also like to do research on issues related to water resource use in rural Southeast Asia, by crisscrossing the viewpoints of policy makers and ordinary people involved.

What is fun in this research: To study the ‘sustainability of agriculture’ is to examine the sustainability of the livelihood of individual farmers you meet in the field and of the local environment surrounding them. You can therefore enjoy the real pleasure of directly linking experiences with knowledge. Meanwhile, agriculture is an anthropogenic act significantly involved with the emission of greenhouse gases. As also seen in the case of afforestation activities as typhoon countermeasures through agroforestry, agriculture relates to global issues such as global warming and climate change. Hence, studying the sustainability of agriculture could be an excellent theme in thinking multidirectionally about our future of ‘sustainable development.’

To those who would like to study at graduate school: Issues of international development and environment are open to broad curiosity and individual issue areas are complicatedly intertwined, hence it is key to be motivated to try to grasp a society in whole. Please consciously pursue an interdisciplinary approach that is rid of a ‘specialty mindedness.’
■URL
 Ritsumeikan University, Graduate Schools of International Relations, Academic Advisors
■Tel
075-466-3733
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■Research keywords(on a multiple-choice system)
Design and evaluation of sustainable and environmental conscious system
Area studies
Sociology
Agricultural science in rural society and development