SRC Occasional Papers

"Economic Development and the Environment"
on the Sakhalin Offshore Oil and Gas Fields II

SRC Occasional Papers  No.71

Copyright (c) 2000 by the Slavic Research Center( English / Japanese ) All rights reserved.


This report represents the outcome of research undertaken between 1998 and 2000 under the auspices of the research project, "Interdisciplinary Studies: 'Economic Development and the Environment' on the Sakhalin Offshore Oil and Gas Fields" sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. This publication is a collection of edited versions of papers presented at the Slavic Research Center's International Summer Symposium held on July 21-23, 1999.
Since the trade-off between economic development and environmental protection in Sakhalin directly impacts Hokkaido'seconomy and the lives of its citizens, these issues prompted heated discussions among the symposium's participants. As the report's contents suggest, this symposium was unique because it brought together scholars from the humanities, as well as natural and social sciences to conduct holistic examinations of the topic.
The symposium's interdisciplinary approach was groundbreaking, attracting a great deal of interest, as well as providing a new methodology for area studies. It is my hope that this report will serve to promote future studies using this new approach.

February, 2000

Takashi Murakami, Project Leader
Professor, Slavic Research Center