A Management Policy of Demand-Driven Service for Agricultural Water Use in Japan

  • Katsuhiro SakuraiEmail author
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 24)


To this day in Japan, the water supply service for agricultural use has been formed as the supply-driven system. In fact, the farmers can use the utilization volume of agricultural water, and they have to pay the price of agricultural water fee decided by water supplier side. The purpose of this study is to clarify the present condition and consciousness of rice farmers about water use by interview survey in case of Aichi-Yosui irrigation area and to analyze the agricultural water management system from an economic viewpoint. Second, we propose the evaluation concept and simulation method for construct of the desirable water service system as a regional policy. In this study, the model analysis suggests that demand-driven irrigation facilities can fit appropriately with the needs of each farmer and simultaneously increase the productivity of the entire region.


Management policy Agricultural water use Demand-driven service 



This study was conducted as part of the research and development project “Quantitative assessment of agricultural irrigation facilities and development of a demand-driven supply method” of the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Strategic Basic Research Program. Also the part of works were supported by The Institute of Economic Studies, Rissho University. We would like to thank Prof. Hajime Tanji, Dr. Shintaro Kobayashi, Dr. Ataru Nakamura, and everyone involved in the study. Nevertheless, the authors take full responsibility for everything in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rissho UniversityTokyoJapan

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