Osamu Saito

Academic Programme Officer

Profile
Bibliography
  • Osamu Saito
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-IAS
    OFFICE:
    UNU Center, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
    E-MAIL:
    saito@unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +81 (0)3-5467-1343
    NATIONALITY:
    Japan

    Research Interests

    • Environmental risk management
    • Environmental systems research
    • Vegetation management

    Education

    Ph.D., Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Master, Environmental Policy Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University

    Appointments

    Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University
    Researcher, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo

    Biographical Statement

    He has organized several research projects relating to building a resource circulating society in Asia, sustainability assessment and indicator systems, environmental risk management, and ontology-based knowledge conceptualization for sustainability science. Recognizing the growing importance of Asia’s environmental impacts on the global environment, economics, and human society, his recent work focuses on developing sustainability assessment methods (multicriteria analysis) and developing future scenarios with policy measures to create and maintain sound interlinkage between ecosystem services, biomass use, and human well being in Asia.

    He has conducted on-site surveys in China (Shanghai), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), and Malaysia (Sarawak) to investigate household energy and biomass resource use. He has also created future scenarios of these cities up to 2030 and estimated changes in energy consumption and CO2 emission for each scenario.

    Through his wide range background in ecological study, environmental systems research, environmental risk management, and sustainability science, he seeks to develop an integrated sustainable governance model based on environmental management and risk science for both human communities and ecosystems.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Saito, O. and Ichikawa, K. (2014, forthcoming) Socio-ecological systems in paddy-dominated landscapes in Asian Monsoon. In Miyashita, N., Nishikawa, U. et al. (ed.) Social-Ecological Restoration, Springer.
    • Kohsaka, R. Shih, W. Saito, O. and Sadohara, S. (2013) Local Assessment of Tokyo: Satoyama and Satoumi – Traditional Landscapes and Management Practices in a Contemporary Urban Environment, pp.93-106. In Elmqvist, T., Fragkias, M., Goodness, J., Güneralp, B., Marcotullio, P.J, McDonald, R.I., Parnell, S., Schewenius, M., Sendstad, M., Seto, K.C., Wilkinson, C. (ed.): Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (A Global Assessment: A Part of the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Project), Springer, 755pp.
    • Handel, S.N., Saito, O. and Takeuchi, K. (2013) Restoration Ecology in an Urbanizing World, pp.665-698. In Elmqvist, T., Fragkias, M., Goodness, J., Güneralp, B., Marcotullio, P.J, McDonald, R.I., Parnell, S., Schewenius, M., Sendstad, M., Seto, K.C., Wilkinson, C. (ed.): Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (A Global Assessment: A Part of the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Project), Springer, 755pp.
    • Saito, O. and Shibata, H. (2012) Satoyama–satoumi and ecosystem services: A conceptual framework (Chapter 2), pp.17-59. In Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Koji Nakamura, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Masataka Watanabe, Maiko Nishi (ed): Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan, United Nations Press, 480pp, 2012.
    • Saito, O., Bawden, R. (2011) Section 7-1: “Ecology, Sustainability Science and Knowing Systems”, Osaki, M., Braimoh, A.K. and Nakagami, K.(ed.): Designing Our Future: Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity, United Nations University Press, 425pp.
    • Mizoguchi, R., Kozaki, K., Saito, O., Kumazawa, T. and Matsui, T. (2011) Section 2-3: “Structuring of knowledge based on ontology engineering”, Komiyama, H., Takeuchi, K., Shiroyama, H. and Mino, T. (ed.): Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach, United Nations University Press, 375pp..
    • O. Saito, K. Kozaki, T. Hirota, R. Mizoguchi (2010) Section 2-4 “Application of ontology engineering to biofuel problems”, IR3S Series Vol.1, Sustainability Science I, United Nations University Press.
    • Fukui, K. and Kurihara, S. (ed.) (2009) The Flowers that bloom in Campus (Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University), Osaka University Press.
    • Saito, O. and Hoshino, Y. (2005) Quercus serrata secondary woodland in Kanto Region, The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (ed.), Monitoring Vegetation Communities, pp.185-190, Bunichi Sogo Shuppan.
    • Saito, O. (2005) Satoyama Conservation Actions by Citizens, The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (ed.), Nature and Conservation of Satoyama from the Perspective of Ecology, pp.195-201, Kodansha Scientific.
    • Saito, O. (2000) ISO’s Guideline for Environmental Performance Assessment and its Application to Construction Industry, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (ed.) Environmental Performance Assessment and Lifecycle Assessment for Construction Industry, pp.19-33, Kajima Shuppan.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Hashimoto, S., Nakamura, S., Saito, O., Kohsaka, R. Kohriki, C. and Tanaka, R. (2014) Measuring ecosystem services of social-ecological production landscapes of Noto: toward the economics of Satoyama. Sustainable Management including the use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other SELPS: 17-26
    • Kohsaka, R., Tomiyoshi, M., Saito, O. and Hashimoto, S. (2014) Impacts of conventional versus new knowledge systems on farming success: a case study of shiitake mushroom production on the noto peninsula, Japan. Sustainable Management including the use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other SELPS: 79-87
    • Saito, O., Kamiyama, C., Landreth, N., Hashimoto, S. and Kohsaka, R. (2014) A synergy and trade-off analysis of satoyama landscapes for addressing key challenges in Asia-Pacific biodiversity and ecosystem services assessments. Sustainable Management including the use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other SELPS: 103-110
    • Tomiyoshi, M., Kohsaka, R., Saito, O., Hashimoto, S. and Fujihira, Y. (2014) Farmland conservation by private companies in depopulated regions – A case study in Ishikawa, Japan. Sustainable Management including the use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other SELPS: 139-144.
    • Avtar, R. Herath, S., Saito, O., Singh, G., Mishra, B., Takecuchi, K. (2013) Application of Remote Sensing Techniques towards the Role of Traditional Water Bodies with Respect to Vegetation Conditions, Environment, Development and Sustainability, DOI 10.1007/s0668-013-9507-4
    • Takeuchi, N. and Saito, O. (2013) Estimation on Forest Biomass Potential for Self-sufficient Renewable Energy System – Case Study of Shimokawa Town, Japan, Journal of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Ser. G. (Environmental Research), 69(6): II_321-II_327.
    • Mohri, H., Lahoti, S., Saito, O., Mahalingam, A., Gunatilleke, N., Irham., Hoang, V. T., Hitinayake, G., Takeuchi, K. and Herath, S. (2013) Assessment of ecosystem services in homegarden systems in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, Ecosystem Services, 5: 124-136.
    • Saito, O. (2013) Resource Use and Waste Generation by the Tourism Industry in the Big Island of Hawaii, Journal of Industrial Ecology, (in press).
    • Kumazawa, T., Kozaki, K., Matsui, T., Saito, O., Ohta, M., Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Kimura, M. and Mizoguchi, R. (2013) Initial design process of the sustainability science ontology for knowledge-sharing to support co-deliberation, Sustainability Science, (in press).
    • Saito, O., Hashimoto, S. and Takahashi, T. (2012) Ecosystem Services Assessment in Satoyama and Satoumi affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Landscape Research (Online Journal), 5: 63-68.
    • Kumazawa, T., Uwasu, M., Hara, K., Kimura, M. and Saito, O. (2012) Designing Collaborative Approach among Experts in an Interdisciplinary Research Project – Case Study on Sustainability Science, Papers on Environmental Information Science, 26: 165-170.
    • Kozaki, K., Saito, O. and Mizoguchi, R. (2012) A Consensus-Building Support System based on Ontology Exploration, Proceedings of Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data (IESD), pp.1-12.
    • Dang. T. T., Saito, O., Yamamoto, Y. and Tokai, A. (2010) Scenarios for Sustainable Biomass Use in The Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Journal of Sustainable Energy & Environment, 1 (3): 137-148.
    • Saito, O. (2010) A Conceptual Framework and Methods for Risk Tradeoff Analysis Part 1: A Conceptual Framework for Risk Tradeoff Analysis, Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis, 20(2): 97-106. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Saito, O. (2010) A Conceptual Framework and Methods for Risk Tradeoff Analysis Part 2: Methods for Risk Tradeoff Analysis, Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis, 20(2): 107-114. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Dang, T. T., Saito, O. and Tokai, A. (2009) Electricity Demand and the Changes from Urban to Rural Households in Vietnam, Papers on Environmental Information Science, 23: 233-238.
    • Saito, O. (2009) Environmental and Economic Scenario Analysis of the Redundant Golf Courses in Japan, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 58: 593-599.
    • Dang, T. T., Saito, O., Tokai, A. and Morioka, T. (2009) Biomass Potential and Material Flow in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, Environmental Systems Research, 37: 455-466.
    • Kumazawa, T. Saito, O., Kozaki, K., Matsui, T., and Mizoguchi, R. (2009) Towards knowledge structuring of sustainable science based on ontology engineering, Sustainability Science, 4: 99-116.
    • Saito, O. (2009) Failure Analysis of Nature Restoration and Biomass Utilization Projects in Japan,WIAS Research Bulletin, 1: 43-60.(In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Kassai, M., Yamamoto, Y., Ueda, Y., Saito, O., and Morioka, T. (2008) Analysis of Corporate Response to the Product Environmental Requirements in Electrics and Automotive Parts Manufacturers, Environmental Information Science, 22: 49-54. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Shimoda, J., Saito, O., Yamamoto, Y. and Morioka, T. (2008) Integrating the Standards of the Environmental, Quality and Occupational Health & Safety Management, Environmental Systems Research,.36: 181-188. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Katayama, K., Yamamoto, Y., Saito, O., and Morioka, T. (2008) Evaluation of CO2 Emission Reduction by Off-line Supply System of Exhaust Heat Generated from Industrial Plants, Environmental Systems Research, 36: 97-106. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Abasoro, E., Saito, O., Matsui, T., and Morioka, T (2008) Perception and attitude towards ecosystem services in the urban areas, Sylvatrop, The Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Resources, 17(1&2): 81-100.
    • Shimada, K., Katsuki, T., Iwamoto, K. and Saito, O. (2008) Management effects on the community structure and species richness of secondary Quercus serrata -Q.acutissima woodland in the southwest Tama area,Tokyo, Japan, Vegetation Science, 25: 1-12. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Abasolo, E., Tanji, K., Saito, O., Matsui, T. and Morioka, T. (2006) Measuring Contribution of Ecosystem Services to Urban Quality of Life, Environmental Systems Research, 34: 599-609. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Kimura, Y., Yamamoto, Y., Yoshida, N., Saito, O., Morioka, T. (2007) Scenario Writing and Environmental Impact Assessment of Future Sustainable Lifestyle, Environmental Information Science,.21: 261-266. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Matsui, T., Okano, M., Kato, S., Saito, O., and Morioka, T. (2007) Skill Standard Development for Environmental Risk Management by Knowledge Mining Technology, Journal of Applied Computing in Civil Engineering,16: 1-10. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Matsui, T., Okano, M., Kato, S., Saito, O., and Morioka, T. (2007) Skill Standard Development for Environmental Risk Management by Knowledge Mining Technology, Journal of Applied Computing in Civil Engineering,16: 1-10. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Kawamoto, Y., Shirayama, K., Saito, O. and Morioka, T. (2007) Identifying Vulnerabilities of the Organizational Risk Management by Accumulation of the Cause Analysis of Failure Cases, Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis, 17(2): 109-116. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Yokoi, T., Yamamoto, Y. Saito, O., and Morioka, T. (2007) Development of Estimation System for Effects of the Regional Energy System that Supplies both Electric Power and Heat Produced from Wastes and Biomass Resources within a Small Area, Environmental Systems Research, 35: 109-119. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Okano, M., Matsui, T., Matsumura, K., Kato, S., Orita, A., Yamamoto, Y., Saito, O. and Morioka, T. (2007) Correlation Analysis of Companies Activity for Risk and Environmental Management, Environmental Systems Research, 35: 273-278. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Morioka, T., Saito, O. Yabar, H. (2006) The Pathway to a Sustainable Industrial Society – Initiative of the Research Institute for Sustainability Science (RISS) at Osaka University -, Sustainability Science, 1: 67-82.
    • Wada, N., Saito, O., Yamamoto, Y. and Morioka, T. (2006) Estimating the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Cost Determined by Technology Choice for New Coal Thermal Power Plants and Their Renovation in China, Environmental Systems Research, 34: 173-165. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Kajimoto, S., Saito, O., Tanji, K., Morioka, T. (2006) Rural Future Scenario Analysis based on a Sound Urban-rural relationship at a River Basin Scale, Environmental Systems Research, 34: 545-551. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Abasolo, E., Tanji, K., Saito, O., Matsui, T. and Morioka, T. (2006) Measuring Contribution of Ecosystem Services to Urban Quality of Life, Environmental Systems Research, 34: 599-609. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Sugiya, H. Tanji, K., Morioka, T. and Saito, O. (2005) Planning and assessing habitat conservation policies for ecological sound river basin based on scenario approach, Environmental Information Science, 19: 187-192. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Saito, O. (2004) Quantitative and special changes in woodland vegetation for the last 40 years in the Kanto region, Japan, Theory and Applications of GIS, 12(2): 146-154. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Saito, O. (2004) Human-use Changes and Future Prospects of Deciduous Oak Forest for Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation in the North Kanto Region, Japan, Journal of Japan Forest Society, 86(1): 12-19. (In Japanese with English abstract)
    • Saito, O. Hoshino, Y., Tsuji, S. and Kanno, A. (2003)Changes in species richness and species composition of Quercus serrata secondary forests after more than 20 years in Kanto region, Japan, Vegetation Science, 20(2):83-96. (In Japanese with English abstract)