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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: C-36
Social Response and Governance for Sustained Ecological Crisis


In inland China and Asia, local communities have been suffering from long-term sustained ecological crises such as the destruction of water and natural environment, as well as socio-economic discrepancies compared to coastal areas that have been enjoying rapid economic growth. In Japan, a recent string of serious events including major earthquake disasters and severe accidents at nuclear power stations have raised the essential question of how to realize environmental and local sustainability. Also, such questions of how people could respond to such crises and disasters through long-term sustained changes in the environment and society, and how state and local policies could be effective utilized for them, should be raised and examined. This research project focuses on the changes of and responses by local societies under the long-term sustained ecological crises in inland China and Asia, in order to reveal each case-specific process by drawing comparisons to similar cases in Japan and other countries. Through this research project we will revisit the concept of “governance” to realize environmental and local sustainability, in an attempt to explore an alternative approach to local environmental rehabilitation and social development.


April 2012-March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] OTSUKA Kenji
[ Co-researchers ] YAMADA Nanae
UDA Shuhei (Lecture at the Department of Pan Asian Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo)
CHIDA Tetsuro (Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University)
NAKAMURA Tomoko (Ibaraki Christian University)
FUJITA Kaori (Kinki University)