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Points of the Yabu City-Shinsengumi Proposal

 Yabu city was selected as one of the National Strategic Special Zones. The following is the outline of their plan.

 This proposal aims to build a new agricultural model in Japan with a tag-team of “municipal government eager to challenge regulatory reforms but lacking resources” and “farmer having capacity and ambitions but being annoyed by regulations”

1. Scheme

 Yabu City (26,000 population), a depopulating municipality located in northern Hyogo prefecture and Shinsengumi Co., experimenting new agricultural business in Atsumi peninsula, Aichi prefecture, cooperate with each other in challenging a new type of agriculture.
 In Yabu City, so-called abandoned-farmlands dominate 10% of all the farmlands. Hence, it plans to transform these abandoned farmlands into productive lands by applying the National Strategic Special Zones Law.
At the same time, it aims to enable capable corporations such as Shinsengumi Co. to establish new agricultural corporations by cooperating with on-site farmers in Yabu City to advance production and processing of agricultural goods in a more community-based manner.
 Furthermore, we promote transformation of agriculture into a“six-dimensional” industry by introducing “application of credit-security to loans from banks,” “management of hotel business at classic-style private houses,” “opening of farmers’ restaurants”
and other ideas in order to realize such aforementioned agricultural reforms.

2. Expected consequences

 Yabu City and Shinsengumi Co. will transform vast areas of abandoned farmlands into productive farmlands through regional/virtual partnership and thereby contribute to establishment of a new model in Japan’s agriculture.
 It will only be a first step toward real structural reform of Japanese agriculture. This proposal will serve as the first opportunity in recovering Japan’s agriculture and local communities.

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