FURUKAWA Akira Kanseigakuin university, Sociology, Professor, 社会学部, 教授 (90199422)
HONGO Akio Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Professor, 畜産学部, 教授 (30091549)
IWATA Shuji Tokyo Metropolitan University, Geography, Professor, 大学院・理学研究科, 教授 (60117695)
SAKURADANI Katsumi Mie University, Humanity, Professor, 人文学部, 教授
KIMURA Keiji Tokyo Metropolitan University, Geography, Professor, 大学院・地理学研究科, 助教授 (30294276)
During 2000 till 2002, we studied in Mongolia, the Himalayas (Nepal and Bhutan) and Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan). Mongolian society is changing drastically, which is influencing to ecology, because of the transition from socialist economy to market economy, and we made it clear in different aspects, through the studies of anthropology, economy, ecology (including meteorology and science of grassland). The fields of study are Ulaanbaatar, Tuv(Central), Dondgobi, Huvsgul, Khobd, Bayanulgii, etc.. In cities as Ulaanbaatar consuming economy is developing fast, and the privatization of domentic animals made great change in nomadic society, not only of the majority Mongolians, but also of the minorities as Kazakh in Western Mongolia and Tuva (reindeer herders) in Northern Mongolia. Also the great damage of natural disasters as heavy snow is influenced by the social change.
In Nepal, We investigated the utilization of forest in Solu Region of the Himalayas and the influence of new politics of tenure and management of forest, and also the traditional system of utilization conservation of ecology and its change in Kathmandu Valley. And in Bhutan we studies the natural environment specially glacier and its change
In Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, we investigated the social change in the transition to the market economy after the independence of 1991, and the actual stuation of immigrant Kazakh people who migrated from Mongolia to Kazakhstan because of the politics of promotion of Kazakh immigration of abroad so as to increase Kazakh population after the independence of Kazakhstan.