The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Iwate University, Department of Education, Professor Mugikura Tetsu

Research on the creation of a sustainable society, reconstruction of community and restoration of the coastal area, mainly in Otsuchi and Yamadachou

Research grant

Project Description

From the viewpoint of coexisting with community sustainability, plants and animals, and the natural environment, four stages are to be carried out with inhabitants, local organizations, biological research in the Iwate area (mainly Yamada in Iwate Prefecture to the Otsuchi area) (Stage 1)Emergency life saving for disaster victims(Stage 2)Evacuation (Stage 3)Emergency housing(4) Restoration, reconstruction, rebuilding. These four stages by this method of participation and observation aim to ascertain the direction for durability in the local community and by conducting on-site surveys, a reconstruction contribution synergy can be obtained through organizations and individuals who are new participants in the area. At the same time, by getting close to the residents of these target areas, the various interchange of social resources in the afflicted areas is measured.

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years and 4 months
June 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
8,235,000 yen
Activity region
Otsuchi, Yamadachou, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
In front of the Disaster Prevention Countermeasures headquarters in the Ando district of Otsuchi town

Overview of the Organization

Professor Mugikura Tetsu
Professor Mugikura Tetsu
Specialist field
Sociology, Sociology of local community, urbanology, social pathology, criminal sociology
Affiliated academic societies
The Japan Sociological Society, The Japanese Society of Cities, Japan Association of Regional and Community Studies, Japan Association of Social Problems, Japan Association of Sociological Criminology
Completed a Doctorate from Waseda University's Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and then became a Junior Professor at Tokyo Jogakkan College. After this, took a position of Professor at Tokyo Jogakkan College, and then went on to be a Professor at Iwate University in the Faculty of Education. Has a Doctor qualification from Waseda University in Human Sciences.
Collaborating researchers
Iwate University, Associate Professor, Masahiro Kajiwara, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries/ Masahiro Kajiwara, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Senior researcher, Masahiro Iisaka
Research record
  • (1) "Research on homelessness independent support system," Daiichi Shorin, 2006
  • (2) "The effectiveness of policy expansion and notion of independent support for the homeless," The Annual Report of the Japan Society of Cities, Vol. 40, The Japanese Society of Cities, 2007
  • (3) "Homelessness, social exclusion and inclusion – The warmth and cold of Shinjuku ward," Ed. Kawamura Chikako, ed. Kawamura Chikako, "Immigration National Japan" and cultural symbiosis theory" Akashi, 2008
  • (4) "Homeless independence and symbiosis,"ed. Haruhiko Hamaguchi, "Sociology of independence and symbiosis- the reason it continues," Gakubunsha, 2009
  • (5) "Collaboration between municipalities and citizens to support homeless autonomy," ed. Yukimi Arimoto, and others, "New public and autonomous sites," Commons, 2011