University of Tokyo, Japan (Health Science, Human Ecology)

University of Tokyo, Japan (Health Science, Human Ecology)

Furusawa, Takuro

University of Tokyo, Japan (health science, human ecology)

Anthropology, human ecology – Roviana

Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details


Assistant Professor/Lecturer

Division for International Relations, The University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan


TEL: +81-3-5841-1682

FAX: +81-3-5689-7344


Date of Birth:24 October 1977

Ph.D.GraduateSchool of Medicine, the University of Tokyo (Health Science)2005

M.A.GraduateSchool 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 ‘folkecology.’

My field experiences in the WesternProvince 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.

Key publications/reports/materials

(*: article especially relevant to the earthquake/tsunami)

*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.ThesisSchool of International Health, GraduateSchool 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: TropicalForest 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.

Further ideas and reflections

A. Since I know many articles, including some of mine, have been published in Japanese language, I will translate the abstracts of those papers for the database.

B. In addition to online ‘Open Access,’ we should provide the local people with the opportunity to real access to the data in the villages.

C. I have been engaged in establishment of other databases, I may also be able to help the system development and program.