: : FY2004 Field Station Annual Report
South Asia
  (1) Research Activity:
          A field station has not yet been established in the South Asia area. This is due to the fact that the research sites of faculty members and graduate students are widely dispersed across the region, and that there would be little benefit to establishing an FS. However, the necessary facilities for their studies are accommodated by Dr. B Mohapatra, a former ASAFAS visiting professor, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, which substitutes for the functions of an FS. No students were dispatched with 21st Century COE funding, but four students have been conducting research in South Asia using non-COE funding sources.  
  (2) Dispatch of Faculty Members:
          TANABE Akio (ASAFAS faculty member): Conducted research consultations on "contemporary trends in Hindu beliefs and ascetic practices" at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and engaged in fieldwork in the surrounding areas (July 17- September 8, 2004).

      ADACHI Akira: (ASAFAS faculty member): Conducted research on the process-documentation method of participatory development scheme in Sri Lanka (March 13-24, 2004).
  (3) Dispatch of Graduate Students:
          MIYAMOTO Mari (enrolled in FY2000): Conducted research on social change in rural communities and environmental conservation activities: cultural and political issues involving protected areas in Bhutan (October 1, 2004 - September 31, 2005), funded by The Matsushita International Foundation.

      ISHIZAKA Shinya (enrolled as a third year student in FY2002): Conducted research on Gandhian environmental thought in contemporary India (July 10, 2004 - March 2, 2005), funded by the Kyoto University Foundation.

      SHIME Taisuke (enrolled in FY2001): Conducted research on the relationship between development and village communities in Bangladesh (November 10-17, 2004), self-funded.

      FUNABASHI Kenta (enrolled as a third year student in FY2002): Conducted research on the Dalit social movement in India (April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2006), as an Asian studies scholar sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


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