Profile of Author
I was born on November 20, 1940. At the beginning when Mr. Oyama became a chair of Kochiken Engeiren (Gardening Association of Kochi prefecture), I was a chair of Piment Bukai (Green Pepper Subcommittee of Kochi prefecture). When a chair meeting for Piment Bukai was held for Miyazaki prefecture, Kagoshima prefecture and Kochi prefecture in Kochi, Mr. Oyama was there as well. At that time, we were facing the problem of the price of green peppers being unstable due to over production. I proposed to make an agreement between these three prefectures and Ibaragi prefecture to form a federation of green pepper nurseries and not to export seeds made in Japan to protect Japanese agricultural industry, and many agreed. A few years later, the media reported that a federation of nurseries in Japan decided not to export seeds made in Japan to protect Japanese agricultural industry.
This is the era of high oil price, and it is possible that if it weren’t for that agreement, some trading companies would have exported seeds, had other countries produce green peppers cheaply, and imported them back to Japan, which would have hurt Japanese green pepper farms devastatingly. The agreement is now preventing such problems. The price of green peppers would decrease to half if the supply increases by 20%.
From April 1999 to March 2009 – Chair of Usa area neighborhood association
From May 2000 to May 2005 – Chair of Tosa-shi residents’ association