Scholars from around the world are invited to send an Abstract of Interest of not more than 500 words by June 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org . We are asking scholars who are conducting, or who have recently conducted empirical work in Japan on innovative community-based approaches to transforming food, agriculture, forestry, and fishery to submit abstracts on their work for consideration for presentation in a virtual symposium this fall. We are particularly interested in presentations that highlight how everyday people are approaching local development challenges and opportunities. Thematically, these empirical studies could be framed within a variety of conceptual approaches, including, but not limited to: a loss of trust in the political economic system; issues of power and powerlessness; top -down versus bottom-up development strategies; concerns about the future viability of rural Japan; local conflicts about development strategies and future visions; and creative and innovative approaches to empowering communities, conflict resolutions within the community, and addressing challenges. See attachment for more information!