Takuro Furusawa is a health scientist and human ecologist with a PhD from the University of Tokyo. He has worked extensively on issues of health, disease and sanitation in villages of the Roviana Lagoon. He has also worked on other issues of rural development in the Roviana area. After the earthquake and tsunami in 2007 he was involved in projects investigating the situation of affected communities regarding water sources and bacterial contamination, and he mediated Japanese relief efforts into rural areas. He speaks the Roviana language.
University of Tokyo, Japan (health science, human ecology)
Anthropology, human ecology – Roviana
Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details
Division for International Relations, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan
Date of Birth: 24 October 1977
Ph.D. Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo (Health Science) 2005
M.A. Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo (Health Science) 2002
B.A. Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo (Health Science) 2000
I have stayed for 2 years in total in the Roviana Lagoon, and I speak the Roviana language. My research interests include ‘human ecology,’ ‘international health/public health,’ ‘human-environment interactions,’ and ‘folk ecology.’
My field experiences in the Western Province are as follows:
May, July 2007; November 2006; July - September 2005; September 2004; July 2003-February 2004; May-July 2002; January-October 2001.
The projects that I participated in are as follows: “Harmonization of resource protection and community welfare in the Solomon Islands (2006 April – 2008 March, Leader: Takuro Furusawa, by The Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences),” “Health Research of Solomon Islanders under Lifestyle Modernization and Epidemiological Transition, focusing on chronic degenerative disease in relation to their lifestyle (2002 April – 2005 March, Leader: Ryutaro Ohtsuka),” “Harmonization of rural development and community welfare (2002 April – 2005 March, Leader: Ryutaro Ohtsuka)”
Since I was trained as a health scientist, I would like to support the province from the view point of health promotion; it should be noted that ‘health promotion’ here does not necessarily mean provision of medicine or equipments but includes hygienic conditions, dietary nutrient intakes, child growth, and prevention of infectious diseases.
(*: article especially relevant to the earthquake/tsunami)
Furusawa, T. (2009) Changing Ethnobotanical Knowledge of the Roviana
People, Solomon Islands: Quantitative Approaches to its Correlation
with Modernization. Human Ecology 37 (2): 147-159.
*Furusawa, T., Maki, N., and Suzuki, S. (2008) Bacterical contamination of drinking water and nutritional quality of diet in the April 2, 2007, earthquake/tsunami devastated areas of the Western Solomon Islands. Tropical Medicine and Health, in press.
Fujimoto, A., Kimura, R., Ohashi, J., Omi, K., Yuliwulandari, R., Batubara, R., Mustofa, M.S., Samakkarn, U., Settheetham-Ishida, W., Ishida, T., Morishita, Y., Furusawa, T., Nakazawa, M., Ohtsuka, R., and Tokunaga, K. (2008) A scan for genetic determinants of human hair morphology: EDAR is associated with Asian hair thickness. Human Molecular Genetics, in press
Aswani, S., Albert, S., Sabatian, A., and Furusawa, T. (2007) Customary management as precautionary and adaptive principles for protecting coral reefs in Oceania. Coral Reefs 26:1009-1021.
Aswani, S. and Furusawa, T. (2007) Do marine protected areas affect human nutrition and health?: A comparison between villages in Roviana, Solomon Islands. Coastal Management 35(5): 545-565.
Ohashi, J., Naka, I., Kimura, R., Natsuhara, K., Yamauchi, T., Furusawa, T., Nakazawa, M., Ataka, Y., Patarapotikul, J., Nuchnoi, P., Tokunaga, K., Ishida, T., Inaoka, T., Matsumura, Y., and Ohtsuka, R. (2007) FTO polymorphisms in Oceanic populations. Journal of Human Genetics 52:1031-1035.
*Suzuki, S., Maki, N., Furusawa, T., Hayashi, H., and Kawata, Y. (2007) Social Responses and Recovery Processes in the April 2, 2007 Earthquake Tsunami Disaster of theSolomon Islands. Journal of Japanese Society for Natural Disaster Science 26(2): 203-214. <In Japanese>
Furusawa, T. (2006) The Roles of Western biomedicine and folk medicine in rural Solomon Islands: A quantitative analysis of villagers' response to illness. Tropical Medicine and Health 34(2):83-91
Furusawa, T. and Ohtsuka, R. (2006) Inter-household variations in subsistence strategies within a rural society of Roviana, Solomon Islands: An analysis of agricultural production and cash income in relation to socio-demographic factors. Tropics 15 (1):29-38.
Ohashi, J., Naka, I., Kimura, R., Tokunaga, K., Yamauchi, T., Natsuhara, K., Furusawa, T., Yamamoto, R., Nakazawa, M., Ishida, T. and Ohtsuka, R. (2006) Polymorphisms in the ABO blood group gene in three populations in New Georgia Islands, Solomon Islands. Journal of Human Genetics 51(5):407-411
Furusawa, T., K., Ogawa, and D. Ishimori 2006 The Honiara Riot in Solomon Islands. Japan Society for Oceanic Studies Newsletter 85: 13-25. <In Japanese>
Furusawa, T. (2005). Effects of Population Increase and Cash Economy on Subsistence and Dietary Intake of Roviana-speaking Communities in Solomon Islands. Ph.D. Thesis School of International Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo 2005.
Furusawa, T. (2004) Interrelations among humans, plants and animals based on folk knowledge. In Ohtsuka, R. (ed.) The Solomon Islands: Tropical Forest as the Last Frontier. University of Tokyo Press Tokyo pp. 55-81. <In Japanese>
Furusawa, T., Pahari, K., Umezaki, M. and Ohtsuka, R. (2004) Impacts of selective logging on New Georgia Island, Solomon Islands evaluated using very-high-resolution-satellite (IKONOS) data. Environmental Conservation 31(4):349-355
Nakazawa, M., Yamauchi, T., Tanaka, M., Ishimori, D., Furusawa, T., Midorikawa, T. and Ohtsuka, R. 2002 Community Health Assessment by Urine Dipstick Screening in Relation to the Variety of Lifestyles in the Solomon Islands. People and Culture in Oceania 18:35-44.
Furusawa (2009) Changing Ethnobotanical Knowledge of the Roviana People, Solomon Islands (0.27MB)
Furusawa (2006) Western biomedicine and folk medicine (TMH) (0.075MB)
Furusawa et al (2004) Impacts of selective logging (EC) (0.131MB)
Furusawa et al (2008) Bacterial contamination of drinking water (TMH) (0.369MB)
Nakazawa et al (2002) Community health assessment (PCO) (0.723MB)
Ohashi et al (2006) Polymorphisms in ABO blood group - New Georgia (JMG) (0.243MB)
Ohashi et al (2007) FTO polymorphisms (JHG) (0.211MB)
Suzuki et al (2007) Social responses and tsunami recovery (JJSNDS) (Japanese) (1.632MB)
Fujimoto et al (2008) Genetic determinants of human hair (HMG) (0.840MB)
Furusawa & Ohtsuka (2006) Inter-household variations (TROPICS) (0.388MB)