The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Hokkaido University    Professor: Taisuke Miyauchi

Research on community restoration and natural resource management system reconstruction after a natural disaster

Research grant

Project Description

The area around surrounding the Kitakami River estuary of Ishinomaki-shi (Miyagi Prefecture) has mountains, rivers and ocean based on a rich ecosystem which suffered tsunami damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake. The ecosystem has been maintained through the moderate harvesting of resources in accordance with rules set by the local residents. However, due to the earthquake and tsunami, residents were forced to relocate to high ground and the community became reorganized. This research will explore how people can reconstruct natural resource management mechanisms after relocation. Surveys detailing the current situation and past data were also examined to create understanding on how to revitalize the area. This issue is universally applicable due to the number of group relocations caused by natural disasters, so based on these findings, policy recommendations will be made. [No. R16-1002]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2016 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
From April 2017 to March 2020
Grant amount
3.920 million yen
Activity region
Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City, Kitakami-district
Ocean resources jointly managed by the principles of each settlement

Overview of the Organization

Professor: Taisuke Miyauchi
Professor: Taisuke Miyauchi
Hokkaido University
Area of specialty: Environmental Sociology
Academic affiliation: Environmental Sociology Conference, Japanese Society Conference, Oceania Conference, Ecological Anthropology Conference
CV (work history, academic qualifications): After withdrawing from Tokyo University's Sociology doctorate program in 1991 went on to receive a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tokyo in 2009. Currently an assistant professor at the Fukui Prefectural University. Conducted environmental sociology research in the Solomon Islands, Hokkaido, Miyagi, and Okinawa (studied the relationship between regional communities and the environment as well as natural disasters and relief).
Recent Activities
  • Taisuke Miyauchi (2017) "How to conduct successful environmental conservation. Advancing 'Adaptive Governance' on location" Shinsensha
  • Taisuke Miyauchi (2017) "Nature restoration by walking, seeing, hearing people" (Iwanami new release) Iwanami bookstore.
  • Taisuke Miyauchi (2016) Society and research: Citizen survey on the consensus building process in policy formation (17:38-44)
  • Makoto Nishikido, Taisuke Miyauchi, Akira Kuroda (2016) "Earthquake disaster and regional rehabilitation: The people of Kitami-cho, Ishinomaki-shi" Hosei University Press
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