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.
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.”
Mayor of Niigata
Born in the city of Niigata in 1948. Worked for a newspaper company. Elected as Mayor of Niigata in 2002.
* 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.)|
The City of Niigata
1-602-1Gakkocho-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, 951-8550, JAPAN