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G20 JAPAN 2019

Niigata, Niigata Pref.

Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

May 11 to 12, 2019

Pioneering Next-Generation Agriculture and Food Culture

 Niigata Prefecture and its city of Niigata have highly productive agriculture and fishing industries. Niigata produces more rice than any other prefecture and is home to the premium “Koshihikari” brand of rice. Niigata Mayor Akira Shinoda explains, “Even our most fertile farming regions used to be marshes with a lot of flooding, and our ancestors struggled with the water and soil to create our farmlands. In order to hand down these rich production fields to the next generation, we have a long history in Niigata of engaging in environmentally friendly, sustainable agriculture, while also working to increase profitability.”

Niigata implements various progressive measures to boost its agricultural productivity, such as the use of driverless tractors.
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 Niigata also works hard to realize state-of-the-art agriculture with its use of large-scale plant factories and incorporation of information and communication technology. “I want our visitors at the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting to see our forward-looking agriculture, as well as our efforts to create a new food culture, for example through helping launch restaurants operated by farming families. I also hope that they will enjoy our distinctive Japanese cuisine, sake, and geisha culture.”

 The city of Niigata is easily accessible from Tokyo in as little as 100 minutes by the Shinkansen bullet train. When Japan ended its isolation from other countries in the Meiji period, Niigata Port was one of the five ports designated to be open to international trade. “Hosting the G20 in 2019 will coincide with the 150th anniversary of opening our port. I would like us to think of this as a ‘second opening of the port’ and use the chance to promote our status as an international hub city.”
 

Akira Shinoda

Mayor of Niigata

Born in the city of Niigata in 1948. Worked for a newspaper company. Elected as Mayor of Niigata in 2002.

Agriculture  Ministers’ Meeting

 
* Interview of former Mayor Shinoda recorded in April 2018

Information & Access

Population : 794,674 (as of April, 2018)
Access by Air : Seoul (120 min.), Harbin (140 min.), Shanghai (160 min.), Taipei (4 hrs.)
*Flight time to Niigata Airport
Access by Train : Tokyo (120 min.)

Contact :

The City of Niigata
1-602-1Gakkocho-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, 951-8550, JAPAN
TEL: +81-25-226-2152
FAX: +81-25-224-3850

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  • G20 Summit Meeting June 28 to 29, 2019 Osaka, Osaka Pref.
  • Tourism Ministers’ Meeting Kutchan, Hokkaido Pref.
  • Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting Niigata, Niigata Pref.
  • Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth Karuizawa, Nagano Pref.
  • Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref.
  • Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Nagoya, Aichi Pref.
  • Health Ministers’ Meeting Okayama, Okayama Pref.
  • Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting Matsuyama, Ehime Pref.
  • Finance Ministers and Central bank Governors’ Meeting Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref.

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