Director of International Affairs on Plant Variety Protection
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
Minori Hagiwara, is Director of the office for International Affairs on Plant Variety Protection at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and is the Vice-Chair of the UPOV Administrative and Legal Committee. With a decade of experience in planning and implementing various legal amendments in the agricultural and food sector, she has expertise in reflecting policy needs into legal amendments. In 2013, she paneled in the International Association for the Study of Commons where she presented her paper on “International Treaty Designs and Resilience for Climate Change.” As the head of the Japanese delegation to UPOV, she has been raising concerns to the current interpretation of the UPOV convention and has been advocating for the need to increase the effectiveness of the PVP systems, on topics such as harvested material and Essentially Derived Varieties.