Pathway to a transformative future: Changing the illusion of ever-lasting growth – Report on “KYOTO 2020: IASC-RIHN Online Workshop on Commons, Post-development and Degrowth in Asia(IASC-RIHN)" (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher and Hiroyuki Ishibashi, Visiting Researcher)

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Norie TAMURA (Senior Project Researcher) and Hiroyuki ISHIBASHI (Visiting Researcher) contributed a report on “KYOTO 2020: IASC-RIHN Online Workshop on Commons, Post-development and Degrowth in Asia” to RIHN’s Newsletter Humanity&Nature (No.84: 2-5p), which you can download by clicking the link (in Japanese). Here is the English translation.  Rethinking and transforming a set of values and lifestyles that prioritize economic growth are required to adequately address global environmental issues. On one hand, industrialized countries need to reduce their environmental impacts while maintaining the quality of life. Developing countries, on the other hand, are exploring a way out of poverty while taking into consideration their environmental impacts. Social practices create “commons” as …

Nougyou to Keizai: Special issue on local food policy (April, 2021)

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WG2 explores possible solutions for various problems that our agrifood system currently faces, which are deeply embedded in global distribution. Local food policy, integrating a wide range of food related issues, has been one of the major themes that we have focused on.  To conclude our five years of research on local food policy, we have contributed to a special issue  “Community development through food: Local food policy” on the April issue of “Nougyou to Keizai (agriculture and economy)”. Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University), Prof. Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University), and Prof. Mima Nishiyama (Utsunomiya University) from WG2 have contributed articles on the significance, history, and components of local food policy, …

Leaflet on Open Eco Branding is available!

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WG4 published a leaflet of “Starter kit for Open Eco Branding – General Introduction -” (オープン・エコブランディング スターターキット 総論編). In the leaflet, we propose ”open eco-branding” as an idea toward sustainable local agriculture. Starter kit for Open Eco Branding – General Introduction – (in Japanese)

Research Paper on Ecological Footprint in 47 Prefectures in Japan in Journal of Cleaner Prodcution

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WG1 members co-authored a peer-reviewed paper “Decentralization & local food: Japan’s regional Ecological Footprints indicate localized sustainability strategies” on their research results of Ecological Footprint analysis in 47 prefectures in Japan, collaboratively with researchers from Global Footprint Network and WWF Japan, which was published in “Journal of Cleaner Production”. You can access the full paper by clicking the paper title below. “Decentralization & local food: Japan’s regional Ecological Footprints indicate localized sustainability strategies” Authors: Kazuaki Tsuchiya (WG1-FEAST, the University of Tokyo), Katsunori Iha (WG1-FEAST, Global Footprint Network), Adeline Murthy (Global Footprint Network) David Lin (Global Footprint Network), Selen Altiok (Global Footprint Network), Christoph D.D. Rupprecht (FEAST), Kiyono Hisako (WWF Japan), …

Webinar Talk on Future School Lunch Installation Project (Maximilian Spiegelberg)

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Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher, was invited to Anticipatory Governance Webinar on Dec 18th, 202o to give a talk about FEAST’s Future School Lunch installation project. What will the school lunch in the year 2050 possibly look like? You can listen to his talk from this link!

A multispecies paper in Global Sustainability

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An interdisciplinary team led by Senior Researcher Dr. Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project) has co-authored a paper titled “Multispecies Sustainability” and it is now published on the international journal “Global Sustainability”. In this research, the team identified a contradiction at the core of sustainability: its resource management approach ignores that the well-being and needs of all living beings is interdependent in ecologically complex ways, and thus revealed a new definition of sustainability that expands the concept to non-human species and their needs. They also showcased potential applications that help enable human-wildlife coexistence and radically rethink urban greenspace design based on recent microbiome and public health insights. Journal: Global Sustainability Title: Multispecies …

"Eco-ka-na" App for Food Chain Transparency on Newspapers

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FEAST Project has developed an app called “Eco-ka-na” to measure and “visualize” the environmental, social and health impacts of food products, and it became available on app store in July, 2020. So far, the information on about 1.74 million food products are registered in the app, and the consumers can find out the impact scores of these items by scanning a barcode at a supermarket, which they can refer to when making a decision. More details about the app can be found here. The app was featured in a Tokyo Shimbun article back in July and is receiving attention in many newspapers around Japan. Here is a list of newspaper …

A Paper on Agroecology in Japan Published on Agro Sur

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RIHN welcomed the leading experts of agroecology, Prof. Miguel Altieri and Dr. Clara Nicholls from University of California, Berkeley through its invited scholar/fellowship program in FY2019. FEAST Project worked collaboratively to conduct a research on scaling up agroecology in Japan with 9 farmers in Kyoto, Hyogo and Hiroshima. The research result is now published on “Agro Sur” (48(2):29-41). You can access the full paper from this link, if you are interested. We would like to thank again the farmers who took the time out of their busy schedule to participate in this research! Title: Assessing the agroecological status of a farm: a principle-based assessment tool for farmers Authors: Nicholls, Clara …

Two bee-related papers published in Japanese magazines

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Two bee-related papers (one on the issues of beekeeping registration system and the other on neonicotinoid insecticides) were published in Japanese magazines as follows: 1) Shinkai, R., Spiegelberg, M., Rupprechet, C. D. D., & Tamura, N. (2020), The importance of collecting basic data on beekeeping in Japan: issues and ideas for reform based on an analysis of differences between prefectural application forms for beekeeping registrations. Sustainable Livestock Production and Human Welfare, 74(11), 921-929. 2) Shinkai, R. & Spiegelberg, M. (2020). Daily products containing neonicotinoid insecticides (tentative English title). Tsuchi to Kenko journal, 501, October/November combined Issue, 16-21. We would like to thank the volunteers in particular who helped the survey …

Nitrous Oxide Budget 2020 and Our food System @ Online (Steven McGreevy)

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Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader was invited to  Online Forum “Global Nitrous Oxide Budget 2020 and Our Food System” held on Oct 29th, 2020 and gave a talk titled ” Transitioning to 1.5-degree food systems”. You can find more details about the event (flyer) from here. Abstract: The Paris climate agreement’s goal for limiting global warming to 1.5-degrees has been hailed as a critical achievement to catalyze action to protect the planet for future generations. Food system impact on climate has been catalogued extensively by the IPCC, EAT-Lancet, and in a number of high-profile studies. However, discussions on decreasing food system impact on the environment fall well short of the …

Interview on Food Policy featured in JA Magazine

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“Food Policy” is featured in October edition of JA’s magazine “Chijyou”, on which Prof. Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University) and Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University), WG2 Chairs, took a dialogue interview (24-27p). With the COVID-19 pandemics across the world, “food security” has regained attention. Prof. Tachikawa and Prof. Akitsu talk about the basics of food policy and its significance, the difference in implications that “food policy” has in the older Japanese context (食料政策) and in the Western context as originally introduced (フードポリシー) in UK as well as the role of Food Policy Council. You can find the index here (in Japanese).

Magazine Column&Newspaper Articles: Installation "School Lunches of the Futrue"

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FEAST Project created the installation “School Lunches of the Future” as one of the RIHN’s annual Open House activities in the summer of 2019. It exhibits four different school lunch menus in four future scenarios based on the 2×2 matrix of dependency on food trade (globalization or localization?) and climate change (are we able to achieve the 1.5 degree Paris climate change goal or not?). This installation project thus far received some attentions and there have been a magazine column article and two Asahi Shimbun articles. We have also published a blog article here. Please find more details from the links below. <Magazine Column Article> (in Japanese: tentative English titles) …

How we started serving the School Lunches of the Future (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

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The Openhouse takes place every year in the summer (this year online 15th & 22nd Nov.) and each project of the institute has to come up with a unique activity around their research theme. Taking place in the middle of the summer vacations the four hour event draws about 800 junior- and middle-school kids with their parents or grandparents in tow to do some fun activity while practically adding to the mandatory school summer break science assignment (Yes, in Japan kids get homework over the summer vacations). In the last years the FEAST project had among several other activities asked the visitors what they consider is bad and what is …

Italian alternative farmers and the covid-19 pandemic: Voices from the lockdown (Simona Zollet, PhD Candidate, Hiroshima University)

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As part of the multi-country research project on small-scale and alternative farmers’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic coordinated by FEAST, we carried out a questionnaire survey of Italian farmers. Italy was one of the first countries to be severely affected by the pandemic, and the lockdown (in effect between March 9 and May 18) saw nationwide closures of all non-essential businesses and services, and drastically reduced mobility for most citizens. As most of the early information on the impacts of the lockdown on the farming sector concerned large-scale conventional farmers and food processors, this survey was designed to capture the voice of those farmers – mainly small-scale and alternative producers – …

FEAST Project on the "Local Degrowth Realities" Map

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FEAST is now registered on the “Local Degrowth Realities” map. Degrowth-Webportal introduces not only the basic concept of degrowth and various relevant publications (including blog posts by a wide range of degrowth scholars and activities), but also initiatives and projects on a global scale. Interested in finding what kind of degrowth movements are taking place in your city or even the country you plan to visit? Visit and go to “Get involved” tab and find out. You will find us if you locate yourself in Kyoto in the map.  

Worlds apart—Japan’s urban and rural experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader & Norie Tamura, Senior Researcher)


For the most part, Japan has been hailed as a COVID-19 success story, although the reasons for the success have been difficult to explain. Despite a severe lack of public testing, Tokyo (the epicenter of the outbreak) saw an increase of only 12% in mortality rate during the height of known infections in April1, the fewest of any Group of Seven nation. A number of theories have emerged as to why this may be (cultural familiarity with social distancing and mask-wearing, healthier elderly population), but it may be some time before a conclusion is reached. Whatever the reasons, the pandemic did bring massive change to everyday life. The entire nation was …

Peer-reviewed paper on Japanese children's green space access in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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Christoph Rupprecht’s paper co-authored with Lihua Cui, Kyoto University, “Understanding Threats to Young Children’s Green Space Access in Unlicensed Daycare Centers in Japan” is now published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Mar 2020). You can access the full article from the link at the bottom of this page. <Abstract> Access to green space (GS) is vital for children’s health and development, including during daycare. In Japan, deregulation to alleviate daycare shortages has created a new category of so-called unlicensed daycare centers (UDCs) that often lack dedicated GS. UDCs rely on surrounding GS, including parks, temples and university grounds, but reports of conflicts highlight the precarity of …

Peer-reviewed paper on consumers’ trust on food labels in Food and Chemical Toxicology

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A peer-reviewed research paper on consumers’ trust on food labels “Trust me? Consumer trust in expert information on food product labels” co-authored with Prof. Ichiro Tayasu and Dr. Lei Fujiyoshi of RIHN’s core project “Proposal and Verification of the Validity of Isotope Environmental Traceability Methodology in Environmental Studies” was published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology” (Mar 2020). The full article is available from the link at the bottom of this page. “Trust me? Consumer trust in expert information on food product labels” Christoph D. D. Rupprecht, Lei Fujiyoshi, Steven R. McGreevy, Ichiro Tayasu Abstract: Food product labels can provide consumers with rich, specific, expert-certified product information. However, sources of label …

AAA@the Philippines (Maximilian Spiegelberg)

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Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher, took a trip to the Philippines to join “International Meliponine Conference and Asian Apicultural Association Philippines Symposium on Pollinator Conservation” held on Feb 25th to 28th, 2020 at University of the Philippines, Los Banos, at which he gave a presentation titled “Tracking Practices of Traditional Beekeeping in Taiwan and Japan”. Tracking practices of traditional beekeeping in Taiwan and Japan Maximilian Spiegelberg (FEAST Project, RIHN), Rika Shinkai (FEAST Project, RIHN), Chung-Yu Ko (National Iilan University, Taiwan),  I-Hsin Sung (National Chiyali University, Taiwan) <Abstract> Traditional beekeeping of A.cerana in Japan and Taiwan has been part of multiple subsistence livelihoods in mountainous, rural areas for a long time. Those livelihoods rely …

Introduction of Eco-ka-na

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Eco-ka-na – App for Transparent food chains This app is to measure and “visualize” the environmental, social and health impacts of food products. Please find such impact scores to decide what to buy and also fill in the survey toward further visualization of food information. Eco-ka-na: iOS / Android / GitHub About this App The Eco-ka-na app allows users to see the environmental, social, and health impacts of food products. Please use the impact scores to decide what to buy and also fill in the surveys to enable us to increase the coverage of food information on products. When you scan the barcode of a food product, you will find …