The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Prof. Ken Fujikawa, Faculty of Sociology & Social Work, Department of Sociology Meiji Gakuin University

Comparative case study on resolution process of regional radioactive contamination

Research grant

Project Description

There is a long history of regional pollution caused by radioactivity and the causes and geographies are diverse. For political reasons, however, little cross-disciplinary research has been carried out, which means that there has been little progress in the sharing of solutions. Centered on Japan, a country that has experienced a number of issues with ratioactivity, this project represents the preparation stage for an international comparitive study. The project establishes a study framework for comparison items through field research on recent domestic issues and by organizing historic case studies of incidents in selected countries.

Grant year
FY2012 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2013 - March 2016
Grant amount
4,808,000 yen
Activity region
Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture; Yurihama, Tottori Prefecture; Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture; Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
On-site inspection of Fukushima evacuation order cancellation preparation area

Overview of the Organization

Professor Ken Fujikawa
Professor Ken Fujikawa
Specialist field
Environmental sociology
Affiliated academic societies
The Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology
In March 1997, withdrew from doctoral program at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University (Master of Social Sciences) and became a researcher at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In April 1998 became a full-time lecturer (then assistant professor, associate professor) at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Meiji Gakuin University. Since April 2008 has held the post of Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Meiji Gakuin University
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Collaborating researchers
Naoki Kataoka (professor, Tokyo Keizai University), Masafumi Yokemoto (professor, Osaka City University, Taeko Doi (professor, Kanazawa University), Manami Horihata (associate professor, J.F. Oberlin University), Shihoko Nemoto (associate professor, Nihon University, Hironao Ozaki (associate professor, Tokyo Keizai University)
Research record
  • 2007, "Neglect of Pollution Victims - Environmental Sociology of Itai-itai disease and Cadmium Pollution Problem" (Nobuko Iijima, Shinichi Watanabe co-authors) published by Toshindo
  • 2009, "Waste archipelago, Japan" in "Waste Issues since the 1990s," edited by Akio Hata and Hiroaki Sugimoto. Published by Sekaishisosha.
  • 2012, "Towards a Case Comparison Study of Solving Process of Industrial Pollution : From the Case of Bhopal and 'Kougai' in Japan" The Meiji Gakuin sociology and social welfare review(137)
  • "Deliberation and Waste Problem around Nuclear Energy Policy (Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Deliberative Democracy for the Future : The Case of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada," Prime (International Peace Research Institute Meiji Gakuin University) Vol. 35: 97-106
  • 2012, "The Social Structure of the Environmental Destruction caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster" Journal of environmental sociology Vol.18