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Hirano, Hideki

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Areas of Expertise

Forests and water, national land planning, remote islands, folklore

Bio

Graduated from Kyushu University in 1977. Served as senior planning officer for the disaster prevention bureau, National Land Agency (now, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism); lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University; director of the Environmental Impact Assessment Division, Ministry of the Environment; and director-general of the Chubu Regional Forest Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Earned a doctorate in agriculture from Kyushu University. Is a member of the Environmental Committee of  the Japan P.E.N. Club.

Research Results

  • “Abandoned Land II: Japan’s Outdated Land Ownership System” (Policy Proposal, 2013)*
  • “Abandoned Land I: Reforms in the Age of Globalization” (Pol- icy Proposal, 2012)*
  • “Crisis for Japan’s Watershed Forests III” (Policy Proposal, 2011)†
  • “Crisis for Japan’s Watershed Forests II” (Policy Proposal, 2010)†
  • “Crisis for Japan’s Watershed Forests I: Protecting the Country’s Forests and Water Cycle from Interests Backed by Global Capi- tal” (Policy Proposal, 2009)†

†English summary only
*In Japanese only

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