Presentation Title

A Cup of Harmony: Examining the Sustainable Development of Japan's Tea Industry

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented Friday March 31, 2017

Abstract

Tea has experienced a significant shift in its value, due to advancements in agricultural techniques and production methods; thus the value of tea has turned from a luxury to a commodity. The Japanese tea industry has contributed immensely to the economic and social growth of Japan, starting from the beginning of the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912). However, in the context of a globalized economy, the Japanese tea industry is currently facing hardships such as fierce competition in the global beverage market, an aging labor force, and a decline in tea cultivation. The aim of this poster is to indicate how current government agencies and businesses utilize sustainable development practices in the industry to adapt to economic challenges. The research involved reviewing peer-reviewed articles, government policies, and corporate reports. A revealing finding of the study is that government agencies and businesses have different methods to implement sustainable development practices in maintaining the health of the tea industry. For example, one company, ITOEN, is implementing the 2030 Agenda for Development Goals (proposed by the United Nations in 2015) into business operations. The main conclusion is that both government and industry have different ways of establishing sustainable development practices. Still, the use of these methods by government agencies and businesses can bring harmony back to tea.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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A Cup of Harmony: Examining the Sustainable Development of Japan's Tea Industry

Tea has experienced a significant shift in its value, due to advancements in agricultural techniques and production methods; thus the value of tea has turned from a luxury to a commodity. The Japanese tea industry has contributed immensely to the economic and social growth of Japan, starting from the beginning of the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912). However, in the context of a globalized economy, the Japanese tea industry is currently facing hardships such as fierce competition in the global beverage market, an aging labor force, and a decline in tea cultivation. The aim of this poster is to indicate how current government agencies and businesses utilize sustainable development practices in the industry to adapt to economic challenges. The research involved reviewing peer-reviewed articles, government policies, and corporate reports. A revealing finding of the study is that government agencies and businesses have different methods to implement sustainable development practices in maintaining the health of the tea industry. For example, one company, ITOEN, is implementing the 2030 Agenda for Development Goals (proposed by the United Nations in 2015) into business operations. The main conclusion is that both government and industry have different ways of establishing sustainable development practices. Still, the use of these methods by government agencies and businesses can bring harmony back to tea.