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Professor Hiroshi Kabashima, Graduate School of Law, The Law School, Tohoku Tohoku University

The development of a legal base for disaster reconstruction and public policy - along with the political infrastructure for a sustainable society

Research grant

Project Description

The research is interdisciplinary joint research engaged in law and public policy surrounding disaster reconstruction and environmental challenges from the standpoint of policy infrastructure for a sustainable society. Policy proposals integrate prior research based in the leading research in Japan and overseas, and positive research based on field work at the affected sites. In doing so, the standpoints of sustainable social reconstruction and intergenerational equilibrium are the guidelines for joint research. Specifically, to clarify the role of the state (policies for post-disaster sustainable social reconstruction and the assignment of responsibilities between the municipalities and private sector), rebuilding of the affected areas (the reconstruction of the agricultural and fishing industries and urban planning aiming for environmental regional industry and resettlement), financial challenges (multiple loans etc., related to industry and resettlement), nuclear challenges (corporate governance and international cooperation in connection with nuclear accidents, compensation issue and abandoning nuclear power generation).

Climate changeEnergy problem
Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years and 1 month
September 2011 - September 2013
Grant amount
14,080,000 yen
Activity region
Sendai City, Natori City, Ishinomaki City, Kesennuma City and other locations in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Field studies in Kesennuma City by Professor Akio Shimada, School of Public Policy, Tohoku University and graduate students.

Overview of the Organization

Hiroshi Kabashima, Professor
Hiroshi Kabashima, Professor
Specialist field
Affiliated academic associations
Congress of Japan Association of Legal Philosophy, Japan Association for Environmental Law and Policy
In 1991, Graduated Faculty of Law Kyoto University. In 1993, completed the Master's Course at the Graduate School of Law, Faculty of Law, Kyoto University, and was awarded an LLM. In 2000, Completed the Doctoral program of The University of Augsburg, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. In 2000, became an Associate Professor at the University of Human Environments, Human Environments Faculty, and in 2003, joined the National Institute of Technology, Sasebo College, General Education as an Associate Professor. In 2007, became a Professor at the Graduate School of Law, The Law School, Tohoku University.
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Collaborating researchers
Professor Izuru Makihara, Dean, School of Public Policy, Tohoku University, others
Research record
  • (1) Hiroshi Kabashima, Respobsibilities of the state and municipalities and their limitations, Monthly Jurist, No. 142, (2011.8) 9-14.
  • (2) Hiroshi Kabashima, Social costs, the limits to growth, growth rights - a philosophy of law approach, 2010 GEMC Journal, No. 5 (2011) 20-31.
  • (3) Hiroshi Kabashima, The Case of Minamata Disease as a Modern Lawsuit Makoto Oishi, Shinichi Doi and Tohru Mori, eds National Constitutions, their Points of Connection and Differences, Essays to Commemorate the 60th Birthday of Professor Masanori Shiyake, Seibundo (2010) 383-418.
  • (4) Hiroshi Kabashima, Reconsideration of Pathology? A Minamata Disease Memoranda, Hogaku, 72 No. 6 (2009) 82-116.
  • (5) Hiroshi Kabashima, The Failure of Law? On 50 years of the Minamata Disease, Koji Sato, Takeshi Hiramatsu, Masanori Shiyake, Takahiro Hattori eds, The State and Law in Modern Society, Essays Commemorating the 77th Birthday of Professor Teruya Abe, Seibundo (2007) 705-733.