J-GLOBAL ID:200904099439185959  Research Project code:0450021089 Update date:Dec. 15, 2003

Comprehensive study on forestry administration of Tokugawa shogunate in Edo era

Study period:2002 - 0
Research overview:
This study has been supported by grants-in-aid for scientific research of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology since the 2002 fiscal period. Particularly, we have been cooperating with the group headed by KATO, Assistant Professor of the Tsukuba University. Our study is focused on survey for locating, arranging and listing materials stored in the Regional Forestry Offices nationwide. The Regional Forestry Offices are now under organizational reduction and integration through the administrative reform. Therefore, there is an increasing risk of discarding documents of the forestry administration, which have ever been preserved in both central and local bureaus. In consideration of such situation, we are working for the survey of historical materials preserved in the Regional Forestry Offices nationwide for the following three purposes. 1 To prevent abandonment and lost of documents related to the forestry administration preserved in the Regional Forestry Offices, from the Edo era to the period before the Second World War. These offices are facing to the organizational reduction and integration planned for execution in the 2003 fiscal period. Therefore, we confirm the location of such documents and perform arranging and listing operations to revitalize recognition of their historical values. 2 To arrange such a base for research as to facilitate academic utilization, particularly, studies on forestry policies of the Tokugawa shogunate or feudal domains in the Edo era and studies on administration of state forests in and after the Meiji era. We take measures of proper arrangement and listing up for these documents, which are not in a system sufficient for utilization because of lack of special staffs although these documents are the objects open to the public under the Free Access to Information Law. 3 To construct network among researchers in the fields of forestry business history and forestry administration history by doing the above survey in cooperation with researchers in a university in each district. In these fields, the population of researchers is small nevertheless the importance of these research fields will grow hereafter, for example, in relation with the environmental problems.
Keywords (3):
history ,  Japanese modern history ,  forestry administration history
Research program: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Ministry with control over the research :
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

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