Professor HASEGAWA Koichi

Affiliations :

  • Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences
  • Social and Human Sciences Course
  • Department of Sociology

I want to go on sowing the seeds and planting trees

I was born in Kaminoyama (Yamagata Prefecture). Lying at the base of Mt. Zao, the town is famous as the birthplace of the poet Saitō Mokichi and as an onsen resort. I have been an onsen fan since my first bath. My early school years (I started elementary school in 1963 and entered middle school in 1969) coincided with the era of high economic growth, but I spent them in the small mountain town of Mogami with a population of approximately ten thousand people. My interest towards the issues related to Rokkasho village (Aomori Prefecture) and nuclear power plant sites in general originates in my childhood. While in high school (Miyagiken Sendaihigashi High School), I joined the literary club. As one of the organizers of the “Essay of Youth: Abe Jiro Arts Prize” contest held by the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, it is my duty to evaluate submitted works. My heartfelt wish to sow seeds of knowledge, to uncover and foster new talents gave me the energy to read a total of more than two thousand entries over the course of ten years.
I started criticizing the nuclear energy policies of Japanese government from an environmental sociological perspective even before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Two of my books cover this topic: A Choice for a Post-Nuclear Society: the Age of New Energy Revolution (first published in 1996), and Toward a Post-Nuclear Society: Environmental Sociology (2011).
In my opinion, to be an educator means to plant “trees” in the hearts of students. I ask myself on a daily basis whether sociology can become “a tree of hope”.
My favorite saying is: “Give me one stone, and I won’t need other entertainment for the rest of my life”. Those are the words of artist Kumagai Morikazu. They summarize the essence of research.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Theory of Social Change (Advanced Lecture); Theory of Social Change (Seminar)
    Personal History
    Graduated from Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo
    Completed the doctoral program (without a doctoral degree) at the University of Tokyo

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Tohoku University
    1992 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    1996 Appointed to current position
    2003 Awarded Abe Fellowship (Social Science Research Council)
    2004-2005 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
    2015-2018 Vice-President, The Japan Sociological Society

    2007-present President, Miyagi Environmental Life Outreach Network
    2010-present President, Japan Network for Climate Change Actions
    2014-2018 President, Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) International Sociological Association
    2015-present President, Japan Center for Climate Change Actions
    Ph.D. (Sociology)
    Environmental Sociology; Theory of Social Movements; Study of Social Change; Theory of Civil Society
    Research Subject
    1. Study of social change focusing on social conflicts and social movements;
    2. Systematization of environmental policies;
    3. Comparative sociological study of decision-making processes in adopting nuclear energy, energy, and climate change policies;
    4. Reconstructing the history of sociology in Japan from the perspective of public sociology
    Public policy; environmental policy; continuing society; nuclear energy policy; recyclable energy; civic society; public sphere; social conflict
    International Sociological Association; American Sociological Association; The Japan Sociological Society; The Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology; Tohoku Sociological Society; Tohoku Sociological Association; The Japanese Association of Sociology of Law; Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (SEEPS)
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    『脱原子力社会へ』、岩波新書、2011(including English and Korean editions)
    『脱原子力社会の選択』、新曜社、2011(revised edition)
    Academic Papers
    "Rethinking Civil Society in Japan: Before and After the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster," in Rethinking Nature in Contemporary Japan: Science, Economics, Politics, Eds. M. Mariotti, T. Miyake and A. Revelant, Venice: Edizioni Ca' Foscari Publisher, 2014, 55-70
    "The Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Japan's Civil Society: Context, Reactions and Policy Impacts," in International Sociology, 29-4, 2014, 283-301.
    "Anti-nuclear Movements in Japan: Before and after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident," in Transition Management for Sustainable Development, Eds. Kazuhiro Ueta and Yukio Adachi, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2014, 251-272
    2015 Prize for Attracting and Holding International Conferences from Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) (for a joint project)
    2014 Crystal Prize of the International Sociological Association (for a joint project)
    2008 Abe Jiro Arts Prize, Sakata City Board of Education
    2004 2nd Japan NPO Research Association Research Award
    「戦後史証言・日本人は何をめざしてきたのか 第8回エネルギー消費社会」、NHK General TV、30.01.2016(interview)
    「Rio to Tokyo1」、日朝日新聞社会面、5.08.2016(a commentary on the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020)
    「相次ぐ石炭火発建設」、河北新報持論時論、3.12.2016(the draft)