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Masakazu Tani Last modified date:2016.09.27

Professor / Landscape and Social Environmental Design
Department of Environmental Design
Faculty of Design


Graduate School
Undergraduate School


Academic Degree
Ph.D.
Field of Specialization
anthropology
Outline Activities
As primary research activities, I have been conducting surveys in rural villages suffered from groundwater arsenic contamination in Bangladesh in order to understand the type of population who surffers most, and cultural customs and social organization for inplementing mitigagtion measures. I have been conducting similar research activities in Nepal since 2004, and in China and the Mekong Delta Area (Vietnam & Cambodia) since 2007.
My educational activities mainly focus on courses including environemtnal anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, field research methods, and I also advise students in seminars in research on sociocultural factors involved in human behavior.
As a social activity, I join NPO Asia Arsenic Network and work on awareness and mitigation for arsenic contamination in Asia. I also serve as project manager for two JICA Grass-root assistance projects in Bangladesh and in Nepal.
Research
Research Interests
  • Study of the potential of historical environmental design in developing countries
    keyword : Bangladesh, vernacular architecture, clusters of traditional buildings
    2014.04~2016.03.
  • The study of political ecology on the relationship between poverty and deforestation in Teknaf Peninsula, Bangladesh
    keyword : poverty, refugees, deforestation
    2012.04~2015.03.
  • The study of designing the sphere of living environment in the shrinking society
    keyword : disappearing community, mountain area, sphere of living environment
    2011.09~2012.03.
  • The study of biodiversity management by using a Satoyama model in the Teknaf Peninsula, Bangladesh
    keyword : biodiveristy poverty tourism
    2009.11~2011.05.
  • The relationship between health damage caused by groundwater arsenic contamination and the poverty in Asia
    keyword : dirnking water; arsenic contamination; arsenicosis; poverty
    2008.04~2012.03.
  • Groundwater arsenic contamination in the Terai Plain in Nepal
    keyword : Neapl Terai arsenic contamination
    2003.11Recently, groundwater contamination by arsenic has been identified in Tarai Plains in Nepal. We gather information on the distribution of contamination, and select a model village where we will conduct a village survey to access the needs for alternative water sources..
  • Groundwater arsenic contamination in Bangladesh
    keyword : Bangladesh arsenic village survey
    1998.02On the problem of groundwater arsenic contamination in Bangladesh, we started a village survey in 1998, and continue its research from cultural anthropological perspectives in order to reflect the sociocultural understanding of rural villages in mitigation planning and to include local knowledge and customs in those mitigation measures..
  • A social model building for the formation of the sustainable society
    keyword : sustainable society; linkage between the rural and urban areas; solid waste
    2001.10.
  • Resource production and consumption in the San-nai Maruya site
    keyword : San-nai Maruyama; Jomon; ecosystem; resource production; consumption
    2000.04~2002.03.
Academic Activities
Books
1. Masakazu Tani, Extending the methodological potential for archaeological interpretations, University Microfilms, Inc., 1991.08.
2. W. Longacre, J. Skibo, eds., M. Tani and others (7 authors)., Kalinga ehnoarchaeology, Smithsonian Institute Press , 1994.05.
3. The Life in Villages and Arsenic Contamination: from rural villages in Bangladesh.
Papers
1. Tani Masakazu, M. Jahiruddin, K. Egashira, A.Z.M. Moslehuddin, M.Z. Rahman, Dietary intake of arsenic by households in Marua Village in Jessore, Journal of Environmental Science & Natural Resources, 5, 1, 2012.06.
2. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kazuhiko Egashira, Masakazu Tani, M. Jahiruddin, Abu Zofar Md. Moslehuddin and Md. Zulfikar Rahman, Variation in arsenic concentration relative to ammonium-N and ORP in surface and groundwater at Marua Village, Jessore District, Bangladesh, Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis, 39:1467- 1475, 2008.04.
3. Tani, M. and B. Begum, Social boundaries, cultural factors, and the use of arsenic-safe water sources, The Journal of NOAMI, Vol.21,55-68, 2005.12.
4. TANI Masakazu, William A. Longacre, On the method of measuring ceramic uselife, American Antiquity, Vol. 64, No. 2, pp. 299-308, 1999.04.
5. Masakazu Tani, Beyond the identification of formation processes, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 2, 3, 231-252, 1995.05.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Environmental Information Science
Awards
  • A book (Village Life and Arsenic Contamination)I published from Kyushu Univeristy Press was chosen as an outstanding reseach publication to contribute to important issues in international development.
Educational
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
A member of Asia Arsenic Network (Non-profit organization).