The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Waseda University School of Law, Professor Tadashi Otsuka

Sustainability and well-being- the concept of four types of capital and their limits

Research grant

Project Description

Sustainability should not be narrowed down to just environmental sustainability, but should also focus more broadly on social and economic aspects. Focus on the 4 types of capital (human capital, social capital, natural capital and community capital) and well-being, consider the theoretical and practical aspects, and integrate them to suggest a new model for a sustainable society. Also consider problems that cannot be resolved with the four types of capital, such as the balance between and within generations, risk trade-offs, etc.

Grant year
FY2013 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2014 - March 2017
Grant amount
25,000,000 yen
Activity region
Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
A research meeting

Overview of the Organization

Professor Tadashi Otsuka
Professor Tadashi Otsuka
Specialist field
Civil law, environmental law
Affiliated academic societies
Japan Association for Environmental Law and Policy, Japan Association of Private Law, etc.
Graduated from University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1981 then became an assistant there. In 1986 became Assistant Professor at Gakushuin University Faculty of Law, and in 1988 became a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In 1993 became a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Gakushuin University. In 2001 became Professor at the Waseda University Faculty of Law, and also Research Professor at the Waseda Law School upon its establishment in 2004.
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Collaborating researchers
Planning to include The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Yokohama National University, Nagoya University, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Kobe University, etc.
Research results
  • 2011. Domestic emission trading schemes and measures against global warming. Iwanami Shoten.
  • Ueda, K., Otsuka, T. (ed.) 2010. Environmental risk management and preventative principles: legal and economic considerations. Yuuhikaku Publishing.
  • 2010. Environmental law, 3rd edition. Yuuhikaku Publishing.
  • 2008. Ishida, M., Otsuka, T. (ed.). Labor and the environment. Nippon Hyoronsha. 2004. Otsuka, T. (ed.). Legal policy around global warming. Showado.
  • 2012. Otsuka, T., Oomura, A., Nozawa, M. (ed.). Modern themes in injunctions in civil environmental litigation- preventative science litigation and the focus on unification of opinion in public and private law in Germany. "Society's development and the creation of rights" (In honor of Takehisa Awaji's 70th birthday). pp539-583. Yuuhikaku Publishing.
  • 2011. Morishima, A., Shiono, H. (ed.). Injunctions in civil actions in pollution and class-action litigation- trends in French law and study of Japanese law. "Changing Japanese society and law" (Essays in memory of Ichiro Kato). pp625-658. Yuuhikaku Publishing.
  • 2010. Introduction to subjectivity and commonality in interest protection laws for environmental litigation. pp116-126. Horitsujiho Vol. 1027.
  • 2009. Preventative science litigation and requirement facts. The Research Institute of Eductaiton on Ultimate Facts in Law Schools Journal Vol. 7. pp139-153.
  • 2009. Risk society and environmental law- regarding preventative principles in environmental law. The Annals of Legal Philosophy. pp54-71.
  • 2009. Responsibility for environmental damage- feature. Monthly Jurist Vol. 1372. pp40-41
  • 2009. Responsibility for environmental damage. Monthly Jurist Vol. 1372. pp42-53.
  • 2008. Injunctions and restitution- regarding proposal for revisions to the Law of Torts. Monthly Jurist Vol. 1362. pp68-80.
  • 2008. Companies and preventative pronciples. "Work and the environment". Ishida, M., Otsuka, T. (ed.) Nippon Hyoronsha.
  • 2009. Japan's chemicals management and preventative principles (feature: sustainable resources, materials recycling and measures against chemicals/prevention principles). Environmental Research Quarterly Vol. 154. pp76-82.
  • 2004-2008. New developments in environmental law, parts 1-21. Hougaku Kyoshitu Vols 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 289, 290, 293, 294, 313, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 322, 323, 325, 326, 329, 330.
  • 2008. Legal and legal policy issues related to domestic emission trading schemes (Feature: global warming and emission trading schemes). Monthly Jurist Vol. 1357. pp68-80.
  • 2012. Niimi, I., Matsumura, Y., Otsuka, T. (ed). Cost burden of environmental law- focus on the principle of the party causing the issue incurring costs. "Survey of environmental law". Shojihomu. pp207-235