The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Shouichirou Takezawa, Professor, (Inter-University Research Institute Corporation) National Institutes for the Humanities / Advanced Human Science Research Division, National Museum of Ethnology

From communities hit by disaster, to the revitalization of the local region —Recording the actions of people after a disaster, and the building of a model for new societies based on this record—

Research grant

Project Description

This study aims to achieve the following 3 points. (1) Prepare a video record of the actions of people after the disaster so that it can be use by local communities in the future for disaster prevention and disaster mitigation. (2) Based on this record, develop a model for local communities and societies who are looking for a way forward after a disaster, to help make a society that is more resistant to disasters. (3) Tell the world about the record of peoples' actions as well as the model we have developed, to help contribute to protecting the lives of many people from future natural disasters.

Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years and 4 months
June 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
9,354,000 yen
Activity region
Shimukui Ise-gun, Otsuchi-chou; Yamada-chou; Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
People-centered reconstruction planning for residents of Otsuchi-chou

Overview of the Organization

Shouichirou Takezawa, Professor
Shouichirou Takezawa, Professor
Specialist fields
Anthropology, sociology, religious studies
Affiliated academic societies
The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, Japanese Association for Religious Studies
Graduated from the Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo, 1976; Completed Masters course (Master of Literature), Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo, 1978; Completed studies (Doctor of Ethnology) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France), 1985; Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1985; Associate Professor, Faculty of Literature, Kyushu University 1988; Professor, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, 1997; Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, 2001
WEB site
Takashi Iida (Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology); Takeshi Sasaki (Manager, Lifelong Learning, Otsuchi Town Office); Boris Wastiau (Director, Musée d'ethnographie de Genève); Paul Faber (Senior Curator, Amsterdam Tropenmuseum)
Research record
  • (1) Shouichirou TAKEZAWA (ed.) 2011, Imin no Youroppa (Immigrant Europe) Akashi Shoten
  • (2) Shouichirou TAKEZAWA, 2010 Shakai to wa Nanika (What is society?) Chuoikoron Shinsha
  • (3) Shouichirou TAKEZAWA, 2008 Saban'na no Kawa no Min—Kioku to Katari no Esunogurafi (People of the Savanna River - ethnography of memory and talking) Sekaishishosha
  • (4) Shouichirou TAKEZAWA, 2007 Jinruigakuteki Shikou no Rekishi (History of anthropological thought) Sekaishishosha
  • (5) Shouichirou TAKEZAWA, 2001 Hyoushou no Shokuminchi Teikoku (Representational colonial empires) *Sekaishishosha
  • (6) Takezawa Shoichiro & Mamadou Cisse, (Forth Coming), "Discovery of the Earliest Royal Palace in Gao Region and Its Implication for the History of West Africa, Cahiers d'etudes africaines,