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Department of Human Ecology

Japan has succeeded to reduce environmental pollution through the collaborations of public sectors and private sectors after the bitter experience like Minamata disease. Preventive measures will be required to protect our health due to chemical hazard such as endocrine disruptors or the emerging diseases which appeared in the 21st century, SARS(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), BSE(Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy). The new analytic methods such as micro chemical analysis, molecular biology and advanced epidemiological methods will be utilized to assess even the minor health effects from the environment. And integrated management approach will be needed to solve those problems that are different from the conventional approach that we utilized when we encountered old environmental pollution or infectious diseases. The effect on human health has ultimate meaning in the environmental issues. The research and education will be undertaken in this department to develop the human resources who will create “safety” and “sense of safety” that is based on the scientific evidence.