In Japan, there are plenty of discussions about corporate farming: does corporate farming stimulate farming industry? Corporate farming may include family oriented corporate and non-family oriented corporate businesses. The de-regulation of farmland law is encouraging the latter type of corporate farming. However, such corporate farming does not appear that popular in Europe, even though there has been no form of restriction as there has been in Japan. The objective of the session is to consider farm business perspectives in Europe – family and/or non-family businesses. To achieve this objective, four presentations are invited as below. (1) Policy idea and the system of family farm: A case study of Switzerland by Iigini and Nanseki, (2) Farm business perspectives in Europe:Family and non-family farming businesses in the UK by Ian Whitehead (Plymouth University, UK), (3) Agricultural human resources development system in Germany by Awaji (Nagoya Univsersity), Nanseki and Iiguni, (4) Current state and perspective of agricultural human resources development in Britain: Role of agricultural educational institutions by Tomohiro Uchiyam (Mie University), Alan McGeorge and Ian Whitehead.