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Japanese rice subsidies

Read the article Japan rice stockpiles to reach the highest in eight years in 2011 and then answer the questions below. You can either read the article in the window below or you can follow the previous link to read the article in a separate window.


Question 1

Using diagrams, as appropriate, describe the methods used by the Japanese government to protect Japanese rice farmers.

Question 2

Explain the reasons for the decline in demand for rice.

Question 3

Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these subsidies for (a) consumers, (b) Japanese rice farmers and (c) overseas farmers.

Question 4

Evaluate one other strategy that the Japanese government could use to protect the income levels of their rice farmers.