Food security and international fisheries policy in Japan's postwar planning

Roger D. Smith

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Japanese fisheries and food-security policy objectives of the postwar era were first conceived during the Allied Occupation and negotiations for the San Francisco Treaty. Official Japanese planning was largely concerned with food security, involving a high degree of self-sufficiency in fisheries in order to reduce the economic burden imposed by importing necessary food resources. The San Francisco Treaty provided the architecture for international fisheries relations in the North Pacific, whereby the US-Japan-Canada Trilateral Fisheries Agreement had set an important precedent through its support for freedom of the seas, resulting in Japan's largely unrestricted access to fishing grounds around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-276
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Science Japan Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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