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University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Graduate School code 57B
Web site:

1. Graduate School code

2. Maximum number of
2 Participants per year
Environmental Science Economics Engineering Agriculture
3. Fields of Study
Others( )
Irrigation, Water and Soil Management, Agricultural Economics, Livestock
Science, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Genetic and Plant breeding, Crop
Sub Fields Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Food Science, Food Processing,
Forest Resources, Agriculture Engineering

Professional Training Program in International Agricultural

Program Research
4. Program and Degree Master's Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and
Master of Agricultural Science, Master of Bioresources
Engineering, Master of Biotechnology
5. Standard time table Starting as a Research Student up to 6 months, then 2 years as a
(Years needed for graduation) Masters Student after passing the entrance examination
(1) Lecture: All lectures in English
(2) Text: English
(3) Laboratory work: Safety instructions are written in English.
Conducting of the research is generally instructed by the supervisor in
6. Language of Program
(4) Seminar: All seminars including Japanese students are generally in
Japanese, but all the seminars providing by foreign students are in
(5) Thesis Guidance by academic supervisor is regularly conducted in
(1) TOEFL ITP:510 PBT: 510 TOEIC:615 IELTS 5.5
Linguistic Ability
is required
7. Desirable English level and
Necessary Academic background EJU, IELTS, GRE (2) At least 16 years of academic background or
or else equivalent

8. Prior Inquiry From Applicants

(Before Submission of Application
(1) Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research
9. Website
(2) University of Tsukuba
Research SubjectContact (e-mail)Special message for the
Future students
10. Professors and Associated

11Features of University 2. Features of University

12Features of Graduate School 3. Features of Graduate School

13Features and Curriculum of


14Academic Schedule 5. Academic Schedule

15. Supporting service to International Students

International Student Center

Advisory Section of the International Student Center provides general
counseling and consultation services for all international students in
order to help them cope with issues they encounter in their academic
and daily life. The section also provides support for tutors and academic
advisors in matters related to international students. We deliver
orientation sessions several times a year for new students and their
tutors. Furthermore, we hold workshops on multicultural/cross-cultural
issues in order to promote internationalization on campus and to
International Students Support advocate for international students.
Center for Consulting or counseling
about daily life, campus life, University Health Center
cross-cultural adjustment etc. The University Health Center is open from 9am to 5pm, except on
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and holidays at the beginning.
University affiliates (e.g., foreign students, researchers) have access to
the health center facilities and free consultations. The center may also
assist students in finding other medical institutions if necessary. Such
cases require a health insurance card, and it is therefore recommended
that students obtain a National Health Insurance Card after their
arrival in Japan.
Please refer to the following website for the further information:
The University of Tsukuba provides single and family residences for
Provision of Student Dormitory both Japanese and international students. A total of 60 residence halls
with 3,599 single and 250 family rooms are located in the southern
(Hirasuna, Oikoshi) and northern (Ichinoya and Ichinoya Minami)
areas of the main campus and on the Kasuga Campus. Please note
that non-degree students are not allowed to move into family rooms.

Please refer to the following website for the further information:
Japanese language courses are offered by the International Student
Center in accordance with each student's proficiency in Japanese. The
15-week Comprehensive Japanese Courses (beginner, elementary,
Japanese Language Education
intermediate, advanced) will be available.
Program for International Students

Please refer to the following website for the further information:
The University organize short trips every year during summer
holidays. These trips are designed to promote an understanding of
Japanese history and culture among international students by visiting
places of historic interest and factories in various districts. Local groups
also organize a variety of exchange meetings, parties, bazaars, events,
Cultural Activities
and homestay programs, where international students will have
opportunities to interact with local groups and residents.

Please refer to the following website for the further information:
Any special attention to Religious
University of Tsukuba has restaurants that specifically offer halal food.
Information on the University Library is available on the website
facilities (Library etc) Regarding other welfare facilities, please see the following website:
The University of Tsukuba Support Association for International
Students enables international students to rent private apartments by
becoming their joint guarantor when making a lease contract.
Please state other particular Applicants to this service are examined under certain conditions such
supporting service you are as joining the Comprehensive Renters Insurance for Foreign Students
endeavoring, if any. Studying in Japan system.

Please refer to the following website for the further information:

16. Message to Prospective International Students

Message from University

Voice of International Students

University of Tsukuba

12. University of Tsukuba (National)

Study area: Agriculture

Features of University
Our university was established in October 1973,
due to the relocation of its antecedent, the Tokyo University
of Education, to the Tsukuba area. As the first
comprehensive university in Japan to be established under a
country-wide university reform plan, the University has
featured "Openness" with "New Systems for Education and
Research" under a "New University Administration." The
university reform plays a major role in our continuing effort
for improvement. We are striving to create a unique, active,
and internationally competitive university with superlative
education and research facilities.
The University of Tsukuba aims to establish free
exchange and close relationships in both basic and applied
sciences with educational and research organizations and
academic communities in Japan and overseas. While
developing these relationships, we intend to pursue education and research to cultivate men and women
with creative intelligence and rich human qualities.
The University of Tsukuba endeavors to contribute to the progress of science and culture.
Formerly, Japanese universities tended to remain cloistered in their own narrow, specialized fields,
creating polarization, stagnation in education and research and alienation from their communities.
The University of Tsukuba has decided to function as a university which is open to all within and outside
of Japan. Toward this end, the university has made it its goal to develop an organization better suiting the
functions and administration with a new concept of education and research highly international in
character, rich in diversity and flexibility and capable of dealing sensitively with the changes occurring in
contemporary society.
To realize this, it has vested in its staff and administrative authorities the powers necessary to
carry out these responsibilities.
The University of Tsukuba aims to be an open university in all aspects and we are a frontrunner
in the university reform in Japan. Our fundamental principle is to create a flexible education and research
structure as well as a university system to meet the needs of the next generation. We aspire to be a
comprehensive university, continuously meeting new challenges and developing new areas. The
foremost mission of a university is to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their
potential in full. The University of Tsukuba gives students the opportunity develop their individuality and
skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research. Toward this end, we set the following
1.We aim to actively expand interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to education research, further
specialized expertise and produce distinguished research.
2.We aim to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their potential in full and gives
them the opportunity to develop their individuality and skills through education that is backed by
cutting-edge research.

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3.As the core of Tsukuba Science City with its concentration of scientific research institutes, we aim to
promote collaboration among industry, academia and government, and actively contribute to society while
continuing to strengthen our education and research capacity.
4.Promotion of basic and applied researches with scientific and social values, and researches
contributing to the inheritance of science and culture to
the next generation
5.Our university has links with countries and regions all
over the world and we aim to become a university with
high international reputation and influence by actively
promoting world-class education and research activities
and collaborative interaction.
6.We take the initiative in university reform through
collaborative work between staff and faculty members
and valuing their individuality and abilities.

Tsukuba is one of the top ranked universities in Japan

The University of Tsukuba is consistently ranked in Japan's top 10 universities, and in the top
200 worldwide (QS Worldwide rankings). The University has produced three Nobel prize winning
scientists. We have particular strengths in the natural sciences, while our School of Social and
International Studies was ranked #1 in Japan in 2010 by Toyokeizai (Eastern Economics) magazine.

Tsukuba science city is Japan's top academic environment

Tsukuba was created to become Japan's science and technology city. Currently, over 200 private
research organizations and approximately 60 public research organizations call Tsukuba home.
Approximately half of Japan's research funding is spent in Tsukuba, and over 15,000 PhD scientists are
employed in the city. The city was recently named as Japan's robotics and nanotechnology hub, with new
research facilities planned.

Tsukuba is just 45 minutes from central Tokyo

The Tsukuba Express runs from Tsukuba center to Akihabara in central Tokyo. The trains
operate on three different schedules - local trains take 56 minutes, while express trains take only 45
minutes. Tsukuba is one of Japan's youngest and most rapidly developing cities. Since the completion of
the Tsukuba express, and the increased convenience of visiting Tokyo which that brings, Tsukuba has
seen a huge amount of development. In 2011 the city hall moved to Kenkyu-gakuen, near the new areas
mall, and a huge number of new shopping and residential areas are being developed. Tsukuba's
population is young by national standards, mainly due to the large concentration of educational and
research institutes in the city.

Tsukuba has an internationally diverse, welcoming and friendly citizenry

Approximately 7,500 of Tsukuba's 220,000 residents hail from overseas, with around 2000 of
these studying or working at the University. The percentage of foreign residents is one of the highest for
any Japanese city, making Tsukuba a friendly, welcoming place for international students. The city
provides a wide range of services in English, including residents services, a weekly legal consultation,
lists of medical care facilities which provide multilingual support, and also cultural and educational
activities helping Japanese and non-Japanese residents meet. There are over 1-70 residents subscribed
to the "News for Tsukuba residents" Facebook page, while the International Student Association (TISA) is

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one of the biggest student clubs in the university.

Features of Graduate School

The aim of this program is to develop capacity and leadership through on-the-job training (OJT),
especially by the collaborative internship at the international research institutes with CIGR. The University
of Tsukuba seeks students who are interested to study in the area of agriculture, food processing,
agricultural economics, applied biochemistry and aim to develop leading edge technology to solve the
current problems of agricultural research throughout the world. To complete the course, a total of 30
credits from various subjects and a dissertation are required. Supervision for the Masters thesis is
conducted by the members of the program who have experiences and research in
relevant areas.

Chairman's Message
Professor Yuichi YAMAOKA,
Chairman of the Master's Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology

We would like to welcome international students to take the opportunity to

study in the Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research,
Master's Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology. The aim of this program is human
resource development through on-the-job training (OJT) in agricultural sectors. The training will be done
with collaborative internship at the international research institutes under CIGR, oriented toward
professionals with inter-disciplinary expertise in the advanced scientific fields of food, environment and
bio-resources utilization.
This course shares subjects developed in collaboration with JICA, and partner universities

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including the preparatory and depth subjects. To complete the course, a total of 30 credits from various
subjects covering field of agricultural productions, management, biotechnology and forest resources and
a dissertation are required. Supervision for the master's thesis is conducted by the members of our
Master's Program having appropriate experiences and research records, which is helpful for the students
to complete the master's course successfully.
Graduate students in this program can master the basics of advanced agricultural research from
long-term internship at international agricultural research institutes and partner universities. Master's
Program curriculum includes subjects developed under the collaboration with the partner universities in
Asia, the Pacific and Africa. At this moment we have e-learning course works with nine leading
Universities in Asia. In addition, Agricultural and Forest Research Center, University of Tsukuba provides
the internship facilities on campus.

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Features of the Program and Curriculum in each Field of Study

Research Students (kenkyusei) will proceed the following things before entering the Master course:
1. Adaptation to a lifestyle of Japan
2. Improvement in communication skill
3. Acquisition of fundamental Japanese
4. Improvement in the basic scholarship on the area of your research field
5. Setup of your research task by a periodical arrangement with your supervisor

Master Course


Academic Schedule

Academic Calendar 2016 2017

Events Graduates School

Spring Semester (April 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016)

First day of the academic year Friday, April 1
Spring recess Friday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 6
Entrance Ceremony Thursday, April 7
Freshman / New students orientation Thursday, April 7 - Friday, April 8
Spring Semester Classes begin Monday, April 11
Spring Sports Day Mid May
Spring modules A and B final examination week Tuesday, June 28 - Monday, July 4
Spring modules A, B, and C final examination
Wednesday, August 3 - Tuesday, August 9
Spring semester Classes end Tuesday, August 9
Supplementary dates for final examination Wednesday, August 10
Summer recess Thursday, August 11 - Friday September 30
Fall Semester (October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017)
Events Graduates School
Entrance ceremony for fall semester Late September
University Foundation Anniversary Saturday, October 1
Fall semester classes begin Monday, October 3
Campus-wide power outrage (Tsukuba campus) Late October
University Festival Friday, November 4 - Sunday November 6
Autumn Sports day Mid November

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Friday, December 16,

Thursday, December 22 - Wednesday
December 28
Fall Modules A and B final examination week
(Note: The term exam on 23rd Dec, National
Holiday, will be held on 16th December in
Winter recess Thursday, December29 - Monday, December 9
Fall modules A, B, and C final examination Thursday, February 9 - Wednesday, February
week 15
Fall semester classes end Wednesday, February 15
Supplementary dates for final examination Thursday, February16
Spring recess Friday, February 17 - Friday, March 31
Graduate school commencement ceremony Friday, March 24
Last day of academic year Friday, March 31

Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Masters Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology

The two-year Masters Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology is comprised of four main research fields covering of a wide range of disciplines,
with as many as 66 individual specialties. The four main research fields are Agro-biological Sciences, Agricultural Economics and Sociology, Bioresource
Environmental Engineering, and Applied Biochemistry. In addition, a special masters degree is offered as the Biosystem Sciences Course (see next section).
The program aims both to provide fundamental knowledge of comprehensive life sciences including agriculture, biology, and environmental sciences as a
prerequisite for further study in a three-year doctoral course, and to provide the wide spectrum of practical skills in technologies needed to succeed as a
professional in the area. The Biosystem Sciences Course was established to train graduates with practical knowledge and skills for success in bio-industry.
In addition, the Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research was established in August 2010 as part of the Project for Establishing
Universities for Internationalization (Global 30). Students involved in this program receive priority for entry into a doctoral program after completion of the
masters course. The fields of research of the faculty members are listed in the table below.

Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Plant Breeding OHSAWA Ryo (Mr.) Study on conversation and efficient utilization of genetic resources
YOSHIOKA Yosuke (Mr.) Genetic analysis of important traits in crops
Pollination biology for seed multiplication of crops
Development of digital phenotyping method

Crop Science MARUYAMA Sachio (Mr.) Physiological and ecological research for raising grain
NOMURA Koji (Mr.) yield and quality of crop plants
Physiological research on the mechanisms and control
of stress tolerance in crop plants

Olericulture and EZURA Hiroshi (Mr.) Molecular and physiological dissections of useful traits involved in
Floriculture FUKUDANaoya(Mr.) agricultural production in vegetables and ornamentals
MATSUKURA Chiaki (Mr.) Development of genetic engineering and intensive production
ARIIZUMI Tohru (Mr.) technologies for vegetables and ornamentals
KANG Seung Won (Mr.) Genetics and genomics for fleshy fruit (Solanaceae and
Cucurbitaceae) research and development

Pomology and SUGAYA Sumiko (Ms.) Study on physiological, biochemical ,and molecular
Agro-biological Sciences Field

Postharvest Physiology SEKOZAWA Yoshihiko (Mr.) mechanisms of fruit maturation and bud dormancy of the fruit tree
of Fruits Study on postharvest physiology of fruit
Study on the effects of environmental stress on reproduction and
fruit production of fruit tree

Animal Science TAJIMA Atsushi (Mr.) Environmental physiology of adaptation and

ASANO Atsushi (Mr.) productivity in domestic animals
ISHIKAWA Naoto (Mr.) Reproductive physiology and breeding in domestic
Characterization of animal genetic resources and their
efficient use
Bio-production HAYASHI Hisayoshi (Mr.) Establishment of sustainable crop production systems
Systems with conscious of environment
Role of biodiversity in arable land
Development of high-order and stable production
systems on regional special crops and its utilization
Applied Science of ISODA Hiroko (Ms.) International research on the function analysis and the effective
Food Resources utilization of food resources
Food components on the functional food and cosmetic seeds
Development of food and environmental risk assessment

Plant Molecular SHIBA Hiroshi (Mr.) Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation in

Biology heterosis
Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation in
sexual plant reproduction
Epigenetic engineering of plant development

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Metabolic Network Biology KUSANO Miyako (Ms.) Genetic analysis of important agronomic traits in
WANG Ning (Mr.) crops and vegetables
Development of analytical platforms to capture
quantitative and qualitative changes of metabolite levels
Metabolic network biology using omics Datasets
Disease Vector Control TAYLOR, DeMar (Mr.) Hormonal and nutritional regulation of reproduction in ticks and
other arthropods
Immune responses and their regulatory mechanisms in ticks and
other arthropods
Effects of nutrition and immune regulatory mechanisms on the
vector capacity of ticks
Plant Parasitic Mycology YAMAOKA Yuichi (Mr.) Systematics of plant parasitic fungi including symbiotic fungi,
OKANE Izumi (Mr.) particularly rust fungi, blue stain fungi, endopytes and mycorrhizal
ISHIGA Yasuhiro (Mr.) fungi.
Studies on ecology and physiology of these fungi.
Functional analysis of genes associated with disease resistance
in plant.
Applied Entomology and KAINOH Yooichi (Mr.) Biological control and chemical ecological approaches in pest
Zoology FURUKAWA Seiichi (Mr.) management
Insect immune mechanisms against pathogens and parasitoids
Elucidating volatile compound-mediated plant-plant and
plant-insect communications using molecular biology approaches
Agro-biological Sciences Field

Agro-biological Sciences Field

Forest Ecotopology KAMIJYO Takashi (Mr.) Dynamics and function of forest ecosystem
KAWADA Kiyokazu (Mr.) Vegetation science and management
Conservation and restoration of arid and semi-arid ecosystem
Conservation of endangered species

Conservation of Regional TSUMURA Yoshihiko (Ms.) Conservation genetics of tropical tree species, and phylogeography of
Resources FUJIOKA Masahiro (Mr.)
forest tree species and genetic study of local adaptation
SEINO Tatsuyuki (Mr.)
Study on conservation of regional resources
Wildlife management and biodiversity conservation

Plant Stress Biology *FUJITA Yasunari (Mr.) Molecular elucidation of stress tolerance
(Japan International Res. mechanisms in plants
Center for Agricultural Sci. Development of environmental stress-tolerant crops

Science of Functional Food *WATANABE Jun (Mr.) Development of food resources with greater
Resources (NFRI) value-added by addition of physiological functions
Establishment of analytical methods for
physiological functions of food resources

Functional Utilization of *KIMURA Kiyoshi (Mr.) Improvement of Honeybee health for the
Beneficial Insects (NARO Institute of Livestock advancement of apiculture
and Grassland Science Genetic improvement in characteristics of
(NILGS)) honeybees to contribute to apiculture
Research on characterization and utilization of
pollinator insects

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Agricultural and SHIGENO Ryuichi (Mr.) Agricultural policy and economic development in
Agricultural Economics and Sociology Field

Bioresource Economics SHUTO Hisato (Mr.) the globalized world economy

Quantitative analysis of food demand
Industrial organization of agribusiness
Resource Management and MATSUSHITA Shusuke (Mr.) Development of Decision Support System for Farm
Development Studies Management Agency
Analysis of Risk Management and Consumers Behavior on
Agricultural Products and Food
The Possibility and Extension of Smart Agriculture for Farm
Management and Food Distribution System
Farm Business and NOHGUCHI Ruriko (Ms.) Farm production and supply economics under the risk
Agribusiness Management UJIIE Kiyokazu (Mr.) Farm and agribusiness firm management and marketing
Food consumption and consumer policy

Rural Sociology and KATO Morihiro (Mr.) Historical study on agriculture and rural
Agricultural History YUZAWA Noriko (Ms.) communities of Japan
Study on 17-19th centuries manuals of agri-
cultural technology

Forest Resource TACHIBANA Satoshi (Mr.) Study on forest economics and policy
Economics MASUDA Misa (Ms.) International comparative study on management
and utilization of forest resources
International comparative study on production and
marketing of forest products
Forest Resources Sociology SHIGA Kazuhito (Mr.) Historical study of forest management in Japan
KOHROKI Katsuhisa (Mr.) Socioeconomic study on regional forest
management in Japan
Comparative study on forestry organizations

Rural Development Study *FURUYA Jun (Mr.) Identification of the socio-economic factors and
(Japan International Res. conditions for sustainable agriculture development in
Center for Agricultural the Asian and African countries
Sci.(JIRCAS)) World food model analysis, impacts of global
warming on agriculture and food security

Regional Forest Resource *HIRANO Yuichiro (Mr.) Identification of social conflicts over forest resources
Development (Forestry and Forest Products Study on how to lead rural deveropment by
Research Istitute (FFPRI) ) utilizing forest resources

Bioresource Technology NAKAJIMA Mitsutoshi (Mr.) Micro / nano-engineering for advanced bioresource processing
Bioresource Environment Engineering Field

Development Marcos Antonio das NEVES Micro/ nano-channel technology for advanced food processing
Formulation of food micro /nano-dispersions and
evaluation of their gastrointestinal digestion
Effective utilization of food processing waste for
value addition

Arid Land Engineering ADACHI Yasuhisa (Mr.) Water and solute transportation in soil.
KOBAYASHI Motoyoshi (Mr.) Salinity and erosion of soil
IRIE Mitsuteru (Mr.) Water resource engineering in arid land, water
quality control, water treatment
Physics and chemistry of soil, soil pollution,
colloid and interface
Eco-system Structure HOTTA Norifumi (Mr.) Process study on sediment supply, sediment
Engineering YAMAKAWA Yosuke (Mr.) transport and hydrology in mountain watersheds as
the basic ecosystem structure
Effect of climate change on sediment supply
processes in mountain area
Effect of forest conditions on sediment supply,
sediment transport and hydrological processes
Evapotranspiration and respiration estimates from
plantation forests

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Watershed Conservation MIYAMOTO Kuniaki (Mr.) Mechanism of sediment production and transport
NASAHARA (NISHIDA)Kenlo Sabo planning in harmony with natural environment
(Mr.) Watershed management planning

Water Resources ISHII Astushi (Mr.) Development and management of irrigation systems
Management Engineering Water resources evaluation for development
Participatory irrigation management

Farmland System KOBAYASHI Motoyoshi (Mr.) Farmland engineering, soil conservation engineering
Engineering YAMASHITA Yuji (Mr.) Soil Physics, Environmental materials

Bioproduction and TAKIGAWA Tomohiro (Mr.) Intelligent machinery and robotics for agricultural production
Machinery NOGUCHI Ryozo (Mr.) System analysis for bioenergy production and utilization
Tofael AHAMED (Mr.) Real-time crop monitoring systems for site-
GENKAWA Takuma (Mr.) specific management
Process analytical technology for postharvest
engineering using spectroscopy
Bioresource Environment Engineering Field

Protected Area and ITO Taiichi (Mr.) Ideas behind protected areas
Wildlife Management SAKATA Keisuke (Mr.) Planning methods of natural areas
Management of recreational use
Wildlife management in protected areas

Rural Environment *TARUYA Hiroyuki (Mr.) Planning methodology for improving the
Improvement *MASUMOTO Takao (Mr.) productive function and living environment in rural
(National Inst. for Rural and semi-mountainous areas
Engineering) Evaluation technologies for hydrological and
ecological environment in rural areas

Biosphere Informatics * We develop innovative remote sensing and modeling methods for
quantitative assessment of eco- physiological processes in the
soil-plant-atmosphere system. By means of such advanced
methods, we tackle a range of agro-ecosystem issues such as
growth diagnosis, resource managements, and environmental
conservation at various scales.

Agri-Food Process KITAMURA Yutaka (Mr.) Removal of food hazard by wet milling
Engineering Milling of components related to health function
By spray dry
Development of novel food by applying rice slurry

Chemistry of Biomaterials OHI Hiroshi (Mr.) Chemistry for wood pulping and pulp bleaching
NAKAGAWA- IZUMI Akiko Chemical utilization of biomaterials and bio-
(Ms.) refinery
Micro-analysis of wood components (lignin,
tannin, carbohydrate and others) and the related compounds

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Engineering of ENOMAE Toshiharu (Mr.) Creation of paper-based electronics maintaining
Bioresource Environment Engineering Field

Biomaterials OBATAYA Eiichi (Mr.) general paper functions

KAJIYAMA Mikio (Ms.) Development of paper sensors by using capillary
liquid transport through fiber network
Comparison between electronic and paper media in educational
Synthesis of fluorine containing condensation
polymers for composite materials
Chemical modification of poly (amino acid) sand
poly saccharides
Property enhancement of biomaterials for high-
performance musical instruments
Investigation on the mechanical properties of
wood with respect to its fiber-reinforced cellular
structure, and development of technology for their
effective utilization
Physical and chemical characterization of natural
adhesives such as Japanese lacquer and chitosan,
and development of technology for their utilization

Food Development Science 1*SUGIYAMA Junichi (Mr.) Fluorescence finger print and its imaging
(National Food Res. Inst.) technology for identification, discrimination,
quantification and visualization on foods.
Direct gel conversion technology of grain for new processing foods.

Nanoand Micro-scale Food *TODORIKI Setsuko (Ms.) Microbial control of food with ionizing radiation.
Analysis (National Food Res. Inst.) Quality changes of food components by oxidative stresses.

Sustainability of Biomass *KOSUGI Akihiko (Ms.) Development of biomass utilization technology

Resources (Japan International Res. using microbial function
Center for Agricultural Sci.

Regional Forest Resource *YAMADA Tatsuhiko (Mr.) Development of lignin based functional bio-
Development (Forest & Forest Products materials
Res. Inst) Chemical conversion of cellulosic biomass for
preparing useful chemicals, liquid fuels and fuel
Rapid analysis of lignocellulosics to evaluate
potential of forest biomass
Biochemistry of Bioactive MATSUMOTO Hiroshi (Mr.) Identification of molecular targets of the bioactive compounds in
Applied Biochemistry Field

Molecules USUI Takeo mammalian and plant cells and their action mechanisms
Antioxidative responses to photooxidative stresses
Biosynthesis of aroma compounds
Semiochemicals mediating interactions among insects, plants
and animals

Genomic Biology FUKAMIZU Akiyoshi (Mr.) Fucntional studies on molecular network of

TANIMOTO Keiji (Mr.) transcription factors
Epigenetic studies on protein modifications and its
Physiological studies on receptors and signal
transduction of life style-related diseases
Genomic imprinting

Structural Biochemistry TANAKA Toshiyuki (Mr.) Analysis of the structure-function relationship of proteins involved
in signal transduction and transcription regulation
Analysis of the chromophore-protein interactions of chromoprotein
antitumor antibiotics
Protein engineering based on detailed structural information
on functional proteins

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Molecular Microbial KOBAYASHI Michihiko (Ms.) Screening of new metabolism, and functional analysis of
Bioengineering HASHIMOTO Yoshiteru (Mr.) physiological functions
Metabolic engineering and screening/ analysis/ design/ remodeling
of useful enzymes and genes
Functional analysis of enzymes involved in cleavage and synthesis
of a C-N bond and their molecular evolution
Development of super biological catalysts with novel functions of
microorganisms and their enzymes
Functional analysis of nucleic acid-related enzymes and its
application to DNA/RNA engineering

Molecular Analysis of *( ) Molecular analysis of transcriptional regulation involved in

Signaling ( NIAS ) disease resistance in rice
Molecular analysis of signaling crosstalks in induced disease
resistance in rice
Development of epigenetic strategies to control disease
Biochemistry of Plant 1*KOMATSU Setsuko (Ms.) Proteome analysis of plant under environmental stresses
Proteins ( NARO ) Functional analysis of crop seedling under flooding
stress using comprehensive approach
Identification of flooding responsive protein-
protein interaction in crop
Development of creation technology for transgenic
crops and application to mechanism clarification research
Applied Biochemistry Field

Animal Bioresource *OGURA Atsuo (Mr.) Characterization of the germ cell genome using a nuclear transfer
Engineering *INOUE Kimiko (Ms.) technique
( RIKEN ) Analysis of the mechanisms for zygotic gene activation using a
nuclear transfer technique
Development of techniques for preservation of male germ cells
using microinsemination
Bioreaction Engineering 1 SATO Seigo (Mr.) Application of polymolecular aggregates for bioprocesses
ICHIKAWA Sosaku (Mr.) Production of useful materials by enzymes and microorganisms

Applied Microbiology NOMURA Nobuhiko (Mr.) Bacterial cell- cell communication and biofilm formation

Cell Cultivation AOYAGI Hideki (Mr.) Development of cultivation system for cell and
Engineering protoplast with novel functional activities and their
biotechnological application
Analysis of naturally-occurring microbial symbiotic
association, construction of artificial symbiotic
system and their application for various bioprocesses
Cell cultivation engineering and development of
novel bioreactors
Biomimetic Chemistry ( ) Enzyme isomerism leading chiral homogeneity
Characterization of polyelectrolyte complex
Polymer chemistry for exploration and simulation of biological
Functional Foods and Food YOSHIDA Shigeki (Mr.) Structure and function of bioactive compounds in food
Chemistry Production of bioactive compounds by using bioconversion process
Development of industrial enzymes for food production

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Field of Research Faculty Detailed Description of Research Field

Molecular and Cellular *( ) Mammalian circadian clock genes and application
Chronobiology (AIST) for diseases (sleep abnormality.)
Molecular Circadian clock of Drosophila (clock and
Clock genes, lipid metabolism and torpor
Molecular Biological model of Parkinson's and Gaucher disease

Evolutionary Biology of *FUKATSU Takema (Mr.) Biological function, evolution and origin of
Symbiosis (AIST) endosymbiotic associations between insects and
Molecular, physiological and regulating
mechanisms underlying sophisticated inter-
organismal interactions in symbiosis, parasitism,
manipulation and sociality

Molecular Neurobiology *DOI Motomichi (Mr.) Molecular analysis of nervous-system formation and maintenance
(AIST) Development of screening systems for neuronal dysfunctions and
Development of in-vivo imaging methods for neuronal functions

Applied Bioengineering of *KIMURA TNobutada (Mr.) Diversity analysis of micro-ecosystems

Microbial Ecosystems (AIST) Isolation of microbes useful for industry
Bioremediation using microbes
Applied Biochemistry Field

Quantification of functional genes in the

Molecular and BABA Tadashi (Mr.) Transcriptional and translational regulation of
Developmental Biology KASHIWABARA Shin-ichi genes during gametogenesis
(Mr.) Functional roles of proteins involved in
fertilization, egg activation, and early embryonic
Development of reproductive and developmental
technologies for future life
Biology for Gene KIMURA Keiji (Mr.) Analysis for dynamics of mitotic chromosomes.
Regulation Analysis for function of condensin complex.
Analysis for novel function of the nucleolus.
Ecological Molecular TAKAYA Naoki (Mr.) Hypoxic response and energy conservation by
Microbiology filamentous fungi
Enzymology and molecular biology of microbial Enzymes
Science for Food Functions MIYAZAKI Hitoshi (Mr.) Exploration study on food-derived functional compounds for
the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related disease
Exploration study on food-derived functional compounds for the
prevention and improvement of fertility of livestock and human

Environmental Soil TAMURA Kenji (Mr.) Enviromental chemistry of forest soils

Chemistry Soil ecological studies on soil organic mastter
Soil conservation under grassland in Eurasian steppe

Environmental Plant YAMAJI Keiko (Ms.) Effect of endophytic microbes on heavy-metal stress tolerance in
Biochemistry plants
Effect of endophytic microbes on Pathogenic stress tolerance in
Effect of radio Cs on function of endophytic microbes

* Adjunct professor of the Cooperative Graduate School (not assigned academic advisors position for research students [kenkyusei]).
1 The faculty member marked with 1 will be retired by March 31,2017.

Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research

Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research [Common Subjects (Compulsory)]

Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period

Course will focus on the format of a Required for

scientific paper how to prepare effective students of the
figures and tables and language conventions Training Program in
Writing Scientific for more effective writing. International
Papers in English for Agricultural
01AB002 Students of Agro- 1 1.0 2 FallAB Mon5 DeMar Taylor Research. Lecture
Bioresources Science room: F506
and Technology Lectures taught in

The major focus of this program is to Required for

develop better understanding among foreign students of the
students studying Bioresources Science about Professional
the current picture of agriculture, Training Program in
forestry, and biotech industries in Japan. International
While tracing back to the technologies that Agricultural
have contributed to the development of Research, Agro-
agriculture, forestry, and biotech biological Sciences
industries in Japan, the program will Field, Agricultural
introduce their details and significance, Economics and
and compare them with similar technologies Sociology
in other countries. This program provides a Field,Bioresource
series of opportunities to visit biotech Environment
industries, agricultural fields, research Engineering Field,
organizations, etc. and to exchange opinions and Applied
with their supervisors. Biochemistry Field
Basic Study on Agro- Shin-ichi Lectures are
bioresources Science Kashiwabara,Naoto 1. Guidance conducted in
01AB003 1 1.0 1 FallAB Wed1,2 2K156
and Technology for Ishikawa,Mitsutoshi 2. Visiting Agricultural and Forestry English.
Foreign Students Nakajima Research Center 3. Visiting Tsukuba
Botanical Garden 4. Visiting National
Institute 5. Visiting Factory 6. Joining
International Symposium on Agricultural
Education for Sustainable Development 7.
Visiting Factory 8. Visiting Office of
Environmental and Safety Management, Central
District Laboratory Wastewater Purge System
9. Visiting Gene Research Center 10.
Visiting TARA Center

Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research [Program Common Subjects (Compulsory)]
Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period
In this course, student will develop the
knowledge on their own research topics Lectures are
related to the international agricultural conducted in
by Yuichi research by reading and reviewing basic English.
Special Research Work papers on this research field.
01AB756 6 3.0 2 Annual appoint Yamaoka,Sosaku
ment Ichikawa

The aim of the course is to learn knowledge

and problem-solving skills on international Lectures are
agricultural research through a research in conducted in
laboratories. The students select their English.
by Yuichi theme from a variety of fields in
Special Research Work
01AB757 7 6.0 2 Annual appoint Yamaoka,Sosaku international agricultural research.
ment Ichikawa
Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period

Supervisor of each student will provide

advanced research topics of specific Lectures are
by Yuichi research field related to the international conducted in
Special Research Work agricultural research. English.
01AB784 1 2.0 1 Annual appoint Yamaoka,Sosaku
ment Ichikawa

Professional Training Program in International Agricultural Research [Program Elective Subjects]

Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period

How should farming systems be implemented 26

Hisayoshi for not only economically profitable but Room:
Hayashi,Naoya also ecologically sustainable? An F106
Fukuda,Naoto appropriate farming system in rice, Lectures are
Ishikawa,Morio vegetables, and fruit and livestock conducted in
production areas must be needed to employ English.
01AB764 Farming Systems 1 2.0 1, 2 SprAB Thu1,2 2K156 technology for environmental conservation
Maruyama,Ryozo and management, being coupled with uses of
Noguchi,Yoshihiko agricultural machine.
Introductory and fundamental lecture of Introductory and
colloid and interface science is given fundamental lecture
placing an emphasis on the applicatiion to of colloid and
soil and water, and bio-environmetal interface science is
engineering. given placing an
emphasis on the
applicatiion to soil
and water, and bio-
Conservation of Soil Intensi Identical to
01AB765 1 2.0 1, 2 SprAB 2K201 Yasuhisa Adachi 01AD222.
and Water Resources ve
Lectures are
conducted in

Rural development planning and execution 26

methods including agriculture, forestry, Room: F106
Ryuichi agribusiness industry, rural life, and Lectures are
Shigeno,Satoshi environmental protection are treated with conducted in
Tachibana,Yoshiro emphasis on the community participation and English.
Higano,Taiichi sustainable development. The key issues are
Rural Development Intensi the needs prospect, public consensus and
01AB767 1 2.0 1 FallAB 2K156 Ito,Morio
Policy and Planning ve acceptance, prior and post cost-benefit
Kato,Ryozo evaluations.

As an interface between local and advanced Room: F106

technologies, lectures are given on Lectures are
Hiroshi fundamental biotechnology including plant conducted in
cell and tissue culture, virus-technology, English.
in vitro propagation, embryo rescue, haploid
Aoyagi,Hiroshi production, DNA marker, genetic
Basic Plant Matsumoto,Sumiko transformation etc as well as present status
01AB768 1 2.0 1, 2 SprAB Fri2,3 2K156
Biotechnology Sugaya,Shigeki of the application to science and industry.
Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period

In this class, the following two topics are Room: F106

presented. (1) the present state of Lectures are
Yooichi Kainoh,Zhen contamination in soil and water environments conducted in
Ya Zhang,Nakao by heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, English.
Nomura,Nobuhiko nitrate, and spilled oil, etc. (2)
Nomura,Katsuyoshi remediation technology using microorganisms
Shimizu,Keiko and plants
01AB769 1 2.0 1, 2 SprAB Tue2,3 2K156 Yamaji,Yingnan
Management Technology

In order to develop a sustainable farming Room: F106

system, the knowledge on appropriate use of Lectures are
Yuichi Yamaoka,Ryo the plant/animal genetic resources are conducted in
Ohsawa,Hitoshi essential. English.
Miyazaki,Atsushi Based on the modern genetics and breeding
Asano,Atsushi theory, the present lecture covers following
Tajima,Izumi topics: 1)The methodology to explore,
Appropriate Use of preserve and utilize local genetic
01AB770 1 2.0 1, 2 FallAB Tue3,4 2K156 Okane,Junichi P.
Genetic Resources resources, 2) The methodology to introduce
suitable crops or new varieties to the local
Ishiga,Hirokazu environment.

Conservation and sustainable use of Room: F106

biological diversity is one of the national
strategic agenda at the 21st century and
many forums have active discussion,
especially at internationally legal-binding
instruments. Under the international
environment, overview is made on the
conservation and sustainable use of
biological diversity, emphasizing
agricultural biological resources.
Ethnological-social scientific aspects are
Conservation and also covered on the sustainable use of the
01AB771 Sustainable Use of 1 1.0 1, 2 SprAB Tue4 2K156 Kazuo Watanabe biodiversity based on traditional/indigenous
Biological Diversity knowledge; lecture consideration is also
provided on the protection of intellectual
property associated with the genetic
resources; and finally multidisciplinary
academic approach is taken for the
comprehension. Guest speakers will be
invited from United Nations University and
other institutions.

Holistic discussion is aimed on the ethics, Room: F106

legal and social implication on the science
and technology. Not only on the application
phases, is the understanding of ELSI urged
on planning and conducting basic research
and also on capacity building. It is
essential to have the governance on science
Ethics, Legal and and technology in order to promote and
Social Implication on attain the R&D, and ultimately to receive
01AB772 1 1.0 1, 2 SprAB Tue5 2K156 Kazuo Watanabe the public acceptance towards the regional
Science and
Technology development. Guest speakers will be invited
from United Nations University and other
Cours rd Course Weekday
Course Credit Classro
Course Name e Academ Offering and Instructor Course Overview Remarks
Number s om
Type ic Term Period

This graduate course provides concepts and Room:A206

practices of sustainable agriculture in Lectures are
rural areas covering soil structure and conducted in
fertility, sustainable water management, English.
chemical application systems, site-specific
management and decision support systems. The
participatory rural appraisal for
Introduction to sustainable agricultural practices, supply
and value chain analysis in agribusiness,
01AB773 1 2.0 1, 2 FallAB Wed3,4 2K156 Ahamed Tofael and ICT planning in agriculture are core
Agriculture in Rural discussion topics. In addition, an
Areas innovative research project is also included
for sustainable agricultural practices.

This graduate course focuses on Room: A206

sustainability indicators covering maximum Lectures are
sustainable yield, ecosystems and conducted in
development of sustainability indicators. English.
The core topics include problem solving
approaches, sustainability indicators in
practice, project scenarios, logical frame
works, concept diagrams, stakeholders
participation and coalition, and systematic
sustainability analysis. A project is
included to develop the indices to
demonstrate contemporary regional issues:
Concept of Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI),
01AB774 1 2.0 1, 2 FallAB Thu3,4 2K156 Ahamed Tofael Food Security Index, Vulnerability and
Sustainability Index
Copping Strategy Index. Furthermore,
graduate students will be assigned to
develop a logical farme work for their
research as an exercise of system

The goal of this course is to provide sound Room: A206

understanding for producing of new Lectures are
knowledge, which takes three main forms: conducted in
Exploratory research, which structures and English.
identifies new problems, Constructive
research, which develops solutions to a
problem, and Empirical research, which tests
the feasibility of a solution using
empirical evidence. Hands on exercise will
be given to improve the reasoning skills,
Agricultural Research emphasizing agricultural problems and
01AB785 1 2.0 1 SprAB Thu4,5 Ahamed Tofael
Methodology issues. The course covers research methods
within these three forms with basic
knowledge of research methodology and a
comprehensive research proposal for the
Master's thesis.

Food security research has to be accelerated Required for

against global food crisis, which is going students of the
to be a serious issue in near future. Global Food Security
Firstly, we provide general introductions Course. Lectures are
for understanding of current status of food conducted in
Basic and applied by security research. Then specific research English.
01AB368 science for global 1 1.0 1 Annual appoint Miyako Kusano topics and cutting-age techniques are Lectures are
introduced to obtain knowledge for food conducted in
food security ment
security research. English.