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Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages

  • Addresses holistically the tsunami, radioactive, and reputational damages of the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Includes contributions from not only researchers, but also municipal officials, local farmers, forest owners, and students

  • Contains primary data obtained from on-site experiments

  • Presents new technologies and methods developed to restore and monitor fields and forests

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Road to Reconstruction from the Tsunami and Radioactive Contamination: Two and a Half Years On

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Reconstruction from Tsunami Damage

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Reconstruction Support for the Farmland Struck by Tsunami

      • Itsuo Goto, Kaisei Inagaki
      Pages 63-84Open Access
    3. Tsunami Damage to Farming Operations and the New Generation of Farmers and Farm Management

      • Yukio Shibuya, Takahiro Yamada, Nyamkhuu Batdelger, Puangkaew Lurhathaiopath, Gentaro Suzumura, Toshiyuki Monma
      Pages 85-103Open Access
    4. Presenting a Model for the Revival of Rural Communities in Japan’s Disaster Zones

      • Shigeyuki Miyabayashi, Yasushi Takeuchi, Hiromu Okazawa, Tomonori Fujikawa, Yutaka Sasaki
      Pages 105-111Open Access
    5. Contributing to Restoration of Tidal Flats in Miyagi Prefecture’s Moune Bay Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

      • Susumu Chiba, Takeshi Sonoda, Makoto Hatakeyama, Katsuhide Yokoyama
      Pages 113-119Open Access
  4. Reconstruction from Radioactive Contamination

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 121-121
    2. Developing and Trialing a System to Monitor Radionuclides in Individual Plots of Farmland to Help Reconstruction Farming in Contaminated Areas

      • Toshiyuki Monma, Puangkaew Lurhathaiopath, Youichi Kawano, Dambii Byambasuren, Yuta Ono, Quar Evine
      Pages 149-167Open Access
    3. Forest Problems

      • Takahisa Hayashi
      Pages 179-192Open Access
    4. Nuclear Radiation Levels in the Forest at Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture

      • Iwao Uehara, Tomoko Seyama, Fumio Eguchi, Ryuichi Tachibana, Yukito Nakamura, Hiroya Ohbayashi
      Pages 193-202Open Access
    5. Radioactive Contamination of Ostriches in a Potentially Permanent Evacuation Zone

      • Hiroshi Ogawa, Hidehiko Uchiyama, Koji Masuda, Takeshi Sasaki, Tadao Watanabe, Toshiaki Tomizawa et al.
      Pages 203-209Open Access
    6. Radioactive Contamination in Some Arthropod Species in Fukushima

      • Tarô Adati, Sota Tanaka
      Pages 211-219Open Access
    7. A Consumer Survey Approach to Reputation-Based Damage Affecting Agricultural Products and How to Overcome It

      • Puangkaew Lurhathaiopath, Shizuka Matsumoto, Makoto Hoshi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Toshiyuki Monma
      Pages 221-231Open Access

About this book

This book summarizes the results of 3 years of agricultural and forestry reconstructive efforts and applied research conducted directly in the affected areas of Fukushima following the Great East Japan Earthquake. It describes fast and effective revival methods and technologies from tsunami and radiation damages, demonstrated through the collaborative efforts of researchers, students, local farmers, forest owners, and municipalities gathered under the Tokyo University of Agriculture East Japan Assistance Project. Consisting of four parts, the first part of the book provides an overview of the damage and measures taken to overcome them by the local municipalities and the Tokyo University of Agriculture. The second part presents data and results of agricultural recovery from the tsunami—for example, monitoring systems, reconstruction models, and convenient, low-cost methods developed for the restoration of tsunami-damaged paddy fields. The third part focuses on recovery from radiation-contaminated farmlands and forests and consequent reputational damages. Included are various primary data obtained from field experiments and surveys, studies on the mechanism of contamination, and the results of radical monitoring, decontamination, and restoration techniques performed at this site. The final part is a collection of reflections of local farmers, forest owners, and students who participated in the project. The academic trials and errors recorded in this book are an invaluable contribution to disaster management and recovery processes. It is written for a wide audience, not limited to researchers and students, but also for government and state officials, municipalities, agricultural cooperative staff members, and farmers.


  • Agricultural reconstruction
  • Applied science
  • Cesium
  • Farmland restoration
  • Forestry reconstruction
  • Fukushima
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Reputational damage
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Tsunami damage

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept of International BioBusiness Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

    Toshiyuki Monma

  • Dept of Applied Biology and Chemistry, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

    Itsuo Goto

  • Department of BioScience, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

    Takahisa Hayashi

  • Soma City Office, Fukushima, Japan

    Hidekiyo Tachiya

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

    Kanju Ohsawa

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Book Subtitle: Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages

  • Editors: Toshiyuki Monma, Itsuo Goto, Takahisa Hayashi, Hidekiyo Tachiya, Kanju Ohsawa

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Tokyo

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-4-431-55557-5Published: 25 August 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-4-431-56280-1Published: 23 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-4-431-55558-2Published: 11 August 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 264

  • Number of Illustrations: 76 b/w illustrations, 65 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Radiation Dosimetry and Protection , Natural Hazards, Agriculture

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)