[Event Notice] Sustainable Agriculture - a Webinar to exchange ideas and information between Japan and Washington State


The state of Washington and Japan have a long-standing relationship of agricultural exchanges.
What should we do, in both countries, when demand for organic farming is increasing and domestic and international trends that emphasize SDGs and the environment are expected to accelerate?
In this webinar, we will have young farm owners seeking new forms of agriculture and sustainable agricultural researchers exchange information on how to build the future of agriculture from the standpoints of both Japan and the United States.

Host:Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
Co-organizer:Washington State Department of Agriculture
Online Operation:Pasona N A,Inc.
                   Japan Agricultural Exchange Council

Date and Time

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 4:30pm-6:00pm PST
(Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 9:30am-11:00am JST)



Online Webinar *Occupancy limited: register early!

Please register using the registration form from the QR code or URL below.



1. Greetings
2. Presentation by Japanese Agricultural Researcher/Farmer
3. Presentations by Washington State Agricultural Researcher/Farmer
4. Panel Discussion


 Toshio Oyama: Associate Professor at Rikkyo University College of Economics
Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Rikkyo University. D. in Agriculture. D. in Agriculture from the Graduate School of Agriculture, University of Tokyo. He is a director of the National Council for Organic Agriculture Promotion, a non-profit organization. His research focuses on agricultural management and technology, processing and distribution management, and the socioeconomic systems that make these possible, in order to realize sustainable agriculture.

 Toru Tanjo: Owner of Musubi Ai Farm in Chiba, Japan
Owner of Musubi Ai Farm. Born in 1986 in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. After graduating from Yamagata University, Faculty of Agriculture, he participated in an agricultural training program in the United States (2008). He trained at an organic farm near Tacoma, Washington that grows a variety of vegetables and fruit trees. After returning to Japan, Toru set up various agricultural experiements and worked as a farmer in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture in 2012. He currently produces seasonal vegetables in small quantities with no pesticide, and is committed to local production for local consumption. In recent years, he has begun working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste emissions in the agricultural sector.

 Marcia Ostrom:Director of the Food Systems Program and Associate Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems, School of the Environment, Washington State University
She is the Director of the Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor in Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in the School of the Environment in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University (WSU). She teaches courses on agroecology and sustainable food systems; and leads interdisciplinary research and extension programs focused on improving the sustainability of regional food and farming systems. While at WSU she founded the Small Farms Program, the bilingual Cultivating Success Sustainable Farming Education Program, the Immigrant Farmer Program, and the Farm Walk: Learning on the Land partnership. Improving access to Extension for diverse agricultural communities is a long-time focus of her work. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from Cornell, and a B.A. from Harvard. 

 Rawley Johnson:Owner of Early Bird Farm in Tacoma, WA
Early Bird Farm, owner. I was born in 1978 in Stamford, Connecticut. We grow about 2 acres of row crop vegetables annually, and also do heat loving crops in two 78 long high feet tunnels. Most of our produce is sold directly to our CSA members during a 22 weeks season from June - November. In 2022 we had about 150 families in the CSA. We also wholesale some of our eggs to a local grocery store. Finally, our surplus produce is "gleaned" every week on Fridays by a team of volunteers and donated to local food banks.

 Masaki Seike: Chairman of Office Seike
Chairman of Office Seike. Born in Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture. Director of Ehime International Agricultural Exchange Council, English lecturer at Ehime Agricultural College, and radio personality on FM Gaiya, a community radio station for disaster prevention. As a Shopify partner, he actively shares information about agriculture and community contribution through e-commerce sites and overseas agricultural training on YouTube and other media. He is from a citrus farming family, and after graduating from Ehime Agricultural College, he participated in agricultural training in the United States for two years (1983).