Updated on 2024/07/18

Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor

Research Experience

  • 2018.04

    Waseda University   Faculty of Social Sciences   Associate Professor

  • 2016.04

    京都大学大学院農学研究科   地域環境科学専攻   研究員

  • 2012.04

    一般財団法人農村開発企画委員会   主任研究員

  • 2008.04

    財団法人農村開発企画委員会   主任研究員

  • 2000.04

    財団法人農村開発企画委員会   研究員

Education Background

  • 1995.04

    京都大学大学院   農学研究科   地域環境科学専攻  

  • 1992.04

    京都大学大学院   農学研究科   農業工学専攻  

  • 1988.04

    Kyoto University   Faculty of Agriculture  

Professional Memberships

  • 2007.04

    Japanese institute of landscape architecture

  • 1995.04

    The Japanese society of irrigation, drainage and rural engineering

  • 1995.04

    Association of Rural Planning

Research Areas

  • Rural environmental engineering and planning

Research Interests

  • rural development

  • rural community development

  • Rural landscape

  • Regional planning

  • Rural planning



  • 住民による農村文化の実践は地域愛着の醸成に貢献するか―山形県の紅花文化を事例として―

    谷 悠一郎, 落合 基継, 橋本 禅

    農業農村工学会誌   88 ( 2 ) 219 - 230  2020  [Refereed]

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  • 現場知による震災対応ガイドブック

    有田博之, 友正達美, 橋本禅, 内川義行, 千葉克己, 落合基継

    農業農村工学会誌   87 ( 5 ) 37 - 40  2019.05  [Refereed]

  • The Experiences which are Emphasized by Agricultural Engineering Engineers Dispatched to Disaster Area Case Study of Officials in Kyoto and Hyogo Prefectures Dispatched to the East Japan Great Earthquake Disaster Area

    中里舜, 落合基継, 星野敏, 鬼塚健一郎

    農村計画学会誌   36 ( 0 ) 277‐282 - 282  2017.11  [Refereed]

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    <p>This research clarified what should be emphasized from actual dispatched staff experience when dispatching staff to the afflicted area by examining agricultural engineering engineers dispatched from Kyoto and Hyogo Prefectures to the afflicted areas of eastern Japan great earthquake disaster. We pointed out that it is important to understand the importance of mental attitudes at the time of dispatch, the necessity of an appropriate setting of the dispatch periods, and the importance and difficulty of succession of the dispatch experiences. We suggested preparations at normal time, that is, 1) confirmations in advance whether staffs can be dispatched to disaster area or not, 2) succession of the dispatch experiences, 3) roles organization between disaster area's staffs and dispatched ones, and 4) personnel exchange among municipalities.</p>


  • 農業土木技術者の東日本大震災被災地への派遣経験に関する研究(発表)

    中里 瞬, 落合基継, 星野 敏, 鬼塚健一郎

    2017年度農村計画学会秋期大会    2017.11  [Refereed]

  • 伝統行事「牛の角突き」復活後の地域外者の地域への参画

    坂田寧代, 藤中千愛, 落合基継

    農業農村工学会誌   85 ( 1 ) 43‐46  2017.01  [Refereed]


  • A Religious Attribution Influence on Participation into Community Development Activities:A Case study of Taiwanese Hans' Case in R community, B village, Baihe-district, Tainan city

    SASAKI Takako, ONITSUKA Kenichirou, OCHIAI Mototsugu, HOSHINO Satoshi

    JOURNAL OF RURAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION   36 ( 1 ) 67 - 76  2017  [Refereed]

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    This study aims to clarify an actual situations of community participation into community development (CD) activities and to divide participation motivation into religious piety and sects, using sense of solidarity as a performance indicator. The case studied was a community where Christians and Tao-people lived. The CD leader was a pastor. The study analyzed residents' lifestyle and the degree of sense of solidarity and revealed that an infl uence factor to participation was not religious' deference but lifestyles' deference generated by religious groups' character. In addition, results showed that sense of solidarity is made over residents' traditional lifestyle of China Relationalism and can improve community cohesiveness.

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  • What makes rural, traditional, cultures more sustainable? Implications from conservation efforts in mountainous rural communities of Japan

    Yuichiro Tani, Shizuka Hashimoto, Mototsugu Ochiai

    Landscape Research   41 ( 8 ) 892 - 905  2016.11  [Refereed]

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    © 2016 Landscape Research Group Ltd. Culture has long been considered one of the key elements characterising rurality and plays a central role in rural development. While the majority of research on cultural sustainability focuses on specific resources such as heritage or arts, few studies exist on the culture of rural production and life. Focusing on rural villages of Northeastern Japan, this study explores the key to conserving traditional, rural Japanese cultures—including slash-and-burn agriculture, using ash in cooking, and weaving cloth from plant fibres—by examining its spatial, gender, and generational variations, with semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire survey. Our analysis clarified that these regional cultures have a varied pattern of regional distribution, associated with various factors such as methods and habits of cultural practice, the state of related industries, and commodification of culture. Furthermore, in response to such factors, the cultures showed gender and generational variations of practice, with the former influenced by the segregation of roles, particularly with regard to household labour. Most cultural practices appear to be undertaken by those of advanced years, so encouraging the maintenance of this culture among the younger generation through conservation organisations is vital to revitalising its economic significance. When examining the maintenance of a culture in a particular region, it is valuable to first understand the regional, gender, and generational differences in cultural practice for the various elements from which the overall culture can be distilled.



  • 水土の知を次の世代と―3 非農家も参加する営農組合による中山間地域の農地維持

    坂田寧代, 落合基継, 吉川夏樹

    農業農村工学会誌   83 ( 11 ) 909 - 912  2015.11  [Refereed]


  • 非農家も参加する営農組合による中山間地域の農地維持

    坂田寧代, 落合基継, 吉川夏樹

    農業農村工学会誌   83 ( 11 ) 11 - 14  2015.11  [Refereed]

  • Transformation Processes and Conservation Strategies of Reed Beds in the "Suigo" Landscape in Omihachiman, Japan

    NANRI Mio, YOKOHARI Makoto, OCHIAI Mototsugu

    Journal of The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture   72 ( 5 ) 731 - 734  2009  [Refereed]

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    This research examines the transformation of reed beds in Omihachiman, a city on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa, between 1920-2005. In contrast with other areas around Lake Biwa, the study area of continues to be involved in reed-land management and the production of reed-derived goods; however, even in this area, reed production is in decline and local life styles continue to change such that conserving and managing reed beds has become complicated. Owing to this continuing legacy and the threats it faces, this area was designated as a cultural landscape in 2006 by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. This research focuses on land-use changes and the transformation of reed beds. This is accomplished mainly through an examination of topographical maps and historical records. Our results demonstrate a strong correlation between historical reed-production and the current distribution of reed beds. In addition, land reclamation, river construction projects have shaped today's reed landscape. Finally, movements to conserve reed beds as cultural properties and to preserve biodiversity have affected their distribution. The historical transformation of reed beds illustrates the importance of maintaining and regenerating the relationships between humans and reed beds when planning for cultural landscape conservation.

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  • Rural Landscapes with Greenhouses as a Regional Identity

    WATANABE Yosuke, YOKOHARI Makoto, OCHIAI Mototsugu

    Journal of The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture   71 ( 5 ) 747 - 750  2008  [Refereed]

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    Agricultural greenhouses have been regarded as one of disturbing visual elements in rural landscapes. However, people who were grown up in a landscape with greenhouses may perceive the landscape as an entity which represents the visual identity of their native place. This study aims to identify impressions and perceptions on rural landscapes with greenhouses. Two Questionnaire surveys have been conducted. The first survey has been conducted in Mashiki Town and Ueki Town, Kumamoto Prefecture, where rural landscapes have been characterized by a vast accumulation of greenhouses for watermelon cultivation since late 1960s. The second survey has been conducted in Kumamoto airport. The study identified that landscapes with greenhouses were perceived as landscapes with a visual identity of their native place by the people who were grown up but no longer live in the area.

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  • Practical use of Law of landscape in rural area : Making a plan for landscape conservation in agricultural promotion area in Omi-hachiman city

    OCHIAI Mototsugu, YOKOHARI Makoto

    JOURNAL OF RURAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION   26   245 - 250  2007.12  [Refereed]

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    Omi-hachiman city in Shiga prefecture launched a new landscape plan in 2005, and a plan for landscape conservation in agricultural promotion area in 2006. This paper discusses the contents of the landscape conservation plan in agricultural promotion area and also describes the making process of the plan through authors' experiences at the city as planning advisers. The making process of the plan is summarized as follows; (a) encouraging residents to participate in the making process of the plan, (b) coordinating different sectors in the municipality, (c) coordinating different plans, and (d) creating landscape awareness for a long time.

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  • Actual situations about levee trees as an element of rural landscape

    OCHIAI Mototsugu, TAKAHASHI Tsuyoshi

    Transactions of The Japanese Society of Irrigation, Drainage and Reclamation Engineering   1999 ( 199 ) 151 - 160,a4  1999  [Refereed]

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    Although levee trees are well known as an element of traditional rural landscape, they are going to be disappeared in modem agriculture. In order to look for the way of its conservation, geographical conditions and farmers' intentions about levee trees are investigated in Kameoka City, Kyoto Pref and Nagahama City, Shiga Pref.<BR>The result is that levee tites have been used not only for drying rice plant but also for protecting of levee or irrigation canal according to its environment such as geographical conditions. In order to conserve levee trees, therefore we need the follows:(1) to stipulate that levee trees are traditional rural landscape.(2) to avoid large-scale changes of geographical conditions by the standardized farm land consolidation, in order for levee trees to have functions such as protections of levee or irrigation canal etc. which levee trees have had until now.(3) to consider the reasonable arrangement and shape of levee trees so that levee trees may not hinder farming works.

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  • A study on the preservation of levee trees in rural landscapes.

    JOURNAL OF RURAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION   ( 18 ) 55 - 60  1999  [Refereed]

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    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the preservations of levee trees in rural landscapes. The results are as follows: 1. The role of levee trees for farmers has changed: from implements to dry up rice to cultural assets or landscape elements. 2. In case of the preservations in farm land consolidations, agricultural rationalization had priority over the preservations of levee trees, and there has been few subsidies for the care of levee trees after farm land consolidations. We suggest that levee trees should be preserved with use for drying up rice, not only as landscape elements. We also suggest that the agricultural rationalization and the preservation of levee trees should be treated equally.

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Books and Other Publications

  • 農村地域計画学

    落合基継, 内川義行( Part: Contributor, 第15章 農村地域の防災・減災と復興)

    朝倉書店  2020.04 ISBN: 9784254445039

Research Projects

  • Construction of large-scale earthquake disaster response manual for agricultural and rural field by organization of on-site knowledge

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)

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    As research subjects, we set up the following items: ① verification of information related to "on-site knowledge", elaboration of individual data, ② systematization / comprehension of "on-site knowledge" classification, and ③ proposal of BCP system in agricultural rural areas.Based on the results, we proposed a disaster response manual which is the object of this research.
    The results of the research were compiled as "Guidebook 2018 for Disaster Response in Agriculture and Rural Areas", and distributed as A4 size booklet (343 p) to the agriculture and rural development fields of each prefecture, agricultural bureau, etc. and the prefectural land improvement district etc. In addition, by uploading the PDF file to the Japanese Society of Irrigation,Drainage and Rural Engineering HP, it made it possible to freely access it as a reference at the time of a disaster and disaster response training materials.


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  • Faculty of Science and Engineering   School of Creative Science and Engineering

  • Affiliated organization   Global Education Center

Internal Special Research Projects

  • 景観法等の制度による農村景観の保全・形成の成果と課題の分析に関する研究


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    調査を実施した宮崎県日南市酒谷地区にある坂元棚田は「酒谷の坂元棚田及び農山村景観」として平成25年に重要文化的景観に選定され、同年に景観計画として「棚田の里 酒谷 景観計画」が策定された。景観計画区域は坂元棚田を含む酒谷地区全体を区域とし、中でも坂元棚田を含むエリアを「景観まちづくり重点区域」、その周辺を「景観まちづくり推進区域」と分けて設定している。届出対象行為として「石垣の除却」は「見付面積が10m2を以上のもの」という棚田地域特有の行為も指定されている。届出対象行為の内容や景観形成基準は推進区域よりも重点区域でより厳しい規制内容としていることがわかった。

  • 重要文化的景観選定地域の持つ二面性に配慮した災害復旧時に必要な対応に関する研 究


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