Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study of Agriculture Initiatives in Japan

In Enhanced governance approaches for mitigation and adaptation to climate change – An Asia Focus
Chapter: 2013

In the on-going debate on climate change adaptation, much has been focused on the developing countries and little emphasis has been made on the need for adaptation in the developed countries. To fill this gap, this study aims to seek how far a developed country is responding to climate change by considering Japanese agriculture initiatives. The chapter reveals that prefectures, such as Niigata and Miyazaki, have started developing rice varieties that can withstand known climatic vagaries but these actions are limited, fragmented and lacks central coordination and cooperation. There is a need to design a comprehensive policy that includes multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, and multi-level approaches to overcome climate change issues which can provide valuable lessons to developing countries.