Handbook of Environmental History in Japan
Handbook of Environmental History in Japan
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Introduction: Perspectives of Environmental History in Japan (Fujihara Tatsushi)
Part 1: Topology of Environmental History
Chapter 1: Cultural Landscapes in Japan (Uesugi Kazuhiro)
Chapter 2: Japan’s Colonial Environments (John Hayashi)
Chapter 3: National Parks, Nature Conservation, War: The Development of the National Parks System in Japan, 1907-1945 (Nishimura Takahiro)
Part 2: Pollution Incidents/Disasters
Chapter 4: The Ashio Affair: The Emergence of Industrial Pollution as a Social, Political and Environmental Issue in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Cyrian Pitteloud)
Chapter 5: Two Outbreaks of Minamata Disease and the Struggle for Human Rights (Seki Reiko)
Chapter 6: Black Rain, Lawsuits and Compensation: Radiation in the Environment and Human Exposure in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Nakao Maika)
Chapter 7: Environmental Problems Caused by the Shinkansen in Nagoya City (Aoki Soko)
Part 3: Between Nature and Humans
Chapter 8: The Epidemiological Landscape and Medical Theories: Focusing on a History of Smallpox in Early Modern Japan (Kozai Toyoko)
Chapter 9: Between Nature and Human: The History of the Use of “Night Soil” in Japan (Yuzawa Noriko)
Chapter 10: Agricultural Technology and the Environment in Modern Japan (Fujihara Tatsushi)
Part 4: Seas, Lakes and Shores
Chapter 11: Regional Environmental History: The Lake Biwa Area (Hashimoto Michinori)
Chapter 12: Tokyo Bay in the 20th Century: Life, Production and Environment (Kobori Satoru)
Chapter 13: Tuna Fisheries and Thermonuclear Tests, 1954-1963 (Yuka Moriguchi Tsuchiya)
Part 5: Forestry
Chapter 14: Japanese Swidden Agriculture: Environmental History of Grasslands, Forests and Fire (Komeie Taisaku)
Chapter 15: A History of Tree Planting in Modern Japan: Resource Utilization and Environment Conservation (Takemoto Taro); Chapter 16: Empire Forestry Endures: The Development and Continuity of Japanese Forestry in Southeast Asia, 1930-1970 (Nakashima Koji)

Fujihara Tatsushi (ed.)

Handbook of Environmental History in Japan

Japan: a land plagued by volcanoes, earthquakes and typhoons, yet blessed with a climate suitable for all manner of agriculture and forestry, and positioned where ocean currents collide and bring an abundance of the ocean’s resources to its people; a country which moved quickly from an agrarian pre-industrial society to become one of the world’s great economic powerhouses in only a few decades, spoiling water, air and land in the process, bringing misery to many of its people; a country with expansionist desires, colonizing neighboring lands, leading to war, defeat, destruction and, for the first time in history, nuclear devastation and its aftermath; a land and its people which share a remarkable resilience and ability to evaluate and correct their mistakes and renew their trajectory towards a better future.
The sixteen chapters of the Handbook of Environmental History in Japan

Fujihara Tatsushi

Fujihara Tatsushi is Associate Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University. His main research field is the modern history of food and agriculture in Germany and Japan.