From December 11 to 18, 2018, Prof. Hong Cheng, Dean of IQDS and Director of Micro-quality Management Collaboration and Innovation Center, and his research team were invited to visit Waseda University and Hokkaido University in Japan. During the visit, IQDS research team had in-depth seminars with researchers from the two Japanese universities on food safety demand and also discussed possible cooperative research topics based on CEES data in the future.
With the company of Prof. Shimokawa Satoru from Waseda University, Prof. Cheng and his team had a series of workshop discussions with Prof. Takumi Kondo and his research team from Agriculture Economics Department. More than 20 scholars including researchers, post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. candidates from Hokkaido University attended the workshop.
Prof. Cheng first introduced the survey methods IQDS adopted during CEES, factors to CEES success, and a wide range of academic achievements based on CEES data. Prof. Takumi Kondo, together with his team, showed great interest in CEES data, and also spoke highly of CEES’s survey methods and quality control system. He expected to conduct comparative research and analysis on the differences between food processing companies in China and Japan. Some workshop participants expressed their great interest in research topics of migrant workers etc. Academic value of CEES and other topics interested were widely discussed during the workshop.
Prof. Lianfa Luo introduced the general information about the food survey we cooperated with Prof. Shimokawa Satoru, including the background and significance of conducting food safety demand survey in China, survey sampling methods and its representativeness, investigation procedures and methods, and survey data sorting and cleaning. The participants mainly discussed about the high follow-up interview rate, representativeness of investigation samples, significance of research on food demand difference between Chinese urban and rural areas.
Prof. Shimokawa Satoru introduced a paper published in an international journal in cooperation with IQDS, “Impact of different understanding of food labels on food safety demand”. In the study, significance difference was found in people’s understanding of food labels in urban and rural areas, resulting in different food safety demands in the two areas. Moreover, the difference was still significant though with the variants of income and education level controlled. This finding indicates that Chinese people’s food safety demand can be improved by changing their understanding of food labels.
During December 14 and 17, 2018, IQDS research team visited Waseda University, and further discussed about the follow-up research on food safety demand and specified the schedule of cooperative research with Prof. Shimokawa Satoru. During the discussion, they both agreed to identify two or three more topics based on the current cooperative papers, and work out complete paper drafts. In addition, both parties reached consensus on research topics including impact of workforce mobility on firm innovation. Prof. Shimokawa Satoru offered to invite our faculty members to conduct cooperative research in Waseda University as short-term visiting scholars.
This academic visit to Japan has further improved IQDS’s research competence in food quality with international institutes and enhanced the influence of CEES data in international academia and our cooperative with internationally well-known high-profile universities and research institutes. We believe by doing this, more high-quality research papers will be worked out in future.
Waseda University is one of Japan’s most prestigious universities and one of the top A-class universities targeted at ranking World TOP 100. Hokkaido Imperial University is Japan’s fourth imperial university, ranked 122 in the world QS ranking, 31 in Asia ranking, and the third in the field of agricultural economics.