International University of Japan

IUJ Symposium "The Future of Food, Agriculture, and Community in the Digital Age"

July 16, 2021



We are very pleased to annouce that we will hold the syposium mentioned below.

We look forward to having you join us!


Theme "The Future of Food, Agriculture, and Community in the Digital Age"



The city of Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, where IUJ is located, is a well-known rice-producing region where many types of farmers are engaged in the agricultural business, from part-time farmers to agricultural corporations. Many brand-name products have also come out of this region, making the most of the region's agricultural produce. The rich food culture of the region has captivated many people in both Japan and overseas.


On the other hand, like other farming regions, the problems of the increasingly advanced age of its farmers and a shortage of farm labor are unavoidable challenges for Minamiuonuma. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) has established a Digital Transformation (DX) in Agriculture Initiative (MAFF, March 2021) with the aim of leveraging digital technology to achieve commercial agriculture that is highly efficient and an agricultural industry that is able to identify consumer needs accurately.


In this symposium, people from various sectors, including industry, government, academia, and the general public, will discuss their latest efforts and experiences, as well as challenges and prospects for the future, with a focus on "food and agriculture," "utilization of ICT," and "regional revitalization."


We invite you to share the challenges that society and local communities are facing today and to consider together with us the future of food, agriculture, and community.


*ICT: Information and Communication Technology



Date&Time Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.(JST)

Venue Main Hall, Minamiuonuma Civic Hall (live streaming via Zoom Video Webinar also available)

Language Japanese(English simultaneous interpretation available)


Details of the program


Registration form

  ※Deadline: Wednesday, August 25


Website for the syposium




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