About Us

In this research project, the researchers of history, hydrology, and meteorology collaborate to present a new narrative of Asian history focusing on the relation between water and people. The two pillars of the project are to envisage a history of Asia as a holistic region (Objectives) and to construct and analyze databases (DBs) incorporating knowledge from both natural science and engineering, as well as humanities and social sciences (Methods and Disciplines). These pillars are based on the following two water-related conditions that govern the regional society and economy: first, monsoon and seasonal rainfall have a large impact over a wide area; second, many areas in the region constitute a “hydrosphere,” a topography shaped by water systems consisting of seas, rivers, lakes, and marshes.


Selected Publications


  • Win, S., Win, W.Z., Kawasaki, A., San, Z.M.L.T. (2020) Development of flood damage estimation model for agriculture – Case study in the Bago floodplain, Myanmar. Journal of Disaster Research, 15(3), 242-255. DOI:10.20965/jdr.2020.p0242
  • Henry, M., Kawasaki, A., Takigawa, I., Meguro, K. (2017) The impact of income disparity on vulnerability and information collection: An analysis of the 2011 Thai flood. Journal of Flood Risk Management. DOI:10.1111/jfr3.12144
  • Kawasaki, A., Ichihara, N., Ochii, Y., Acierto, R.A., Kodaka, A., Win, W.Z. (2017) Disaster response and river infrastructure management during the 2015 Myanmar floods: a case in the Bago River Basin. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 151–159. DOI:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.06.004
  • Kawasaki, A., Yamamoto, A., Koudelova, P., Acierto, R.A., Nemoto, T., Kitsuregawa, M., Koike, T. (2017) Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS) Contributing to Climate Change Analysis and Disaster Risk Reduction. Data Science Journal, 16(41), 1–17. DOI:10.5334/dsj-2017-041
  • Bhagabati, S.S., Kawasaki, A., Babel, M.S. (2017) A cooperative framework for optimizing transboundary hydropower development. Water International, 42(8), 945-966. DOI:10.1080/02508060.2017.1393717
  • Bhagabati, S.S., Kawasaki, A. (2017) Consideration of the rainfall-runoff-inundation (RRI) model for flood mapping in a deltaic area of Myanmar. Hydrological Research Letters, 11(3), 155–160. DOI:10.3178/hrl.11.155
  • Dang, A.N., Kawasaki, A. (2017) Integrating biophysical and socio-economic factors for land-use and land-cover change projection in agricultural economic regions. Ecological Modelling, 344C, 29-37. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.11.004
  • Raja, N.B., Cicek, I., Turkoglu, N., Aydin, O., Kawasaki, A. (2017) Landslide susceptibility mapping of the Sera River Basin using logistic regression model. Natural Hazards, 85(3), 1323–1346. DOI:10.1007/s11069-016-2591-7
  • Tahira, Y., Kawasaki, A. (2017) The Impact of the Thai Flood of 2011 on the Rural Poor Population Living on the Flood Plain. Journal of Disaster Research, 12(1), 147-157. DOI:10.20965/jdr.2017.p0147


  • Chi-chueng Choi, Takashi Oishi, and Tomoko Shiroyama eds. Chinese and Indian Merchants in Modern Asia: Networking Businesses and Formation of Regional Economy. Leiden: Brill, 2019, xii, pp. 355. Introduction, and Chapter 3 “Overseas Chinese Remittances in the Mid-Twentieth Century.”
  • Sayako Kanda, “Consumer Preferences, Markets and the State in Early Colonial Bengal with Special Reference to Salt”, Raziuddin Aquil and Tilottama Mukherjee (eds), in An Earthly Paradise: Trade, Politics and Culture in Early Modern Bengal (Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2020)
  • Sayako Kanda, “Family, Caste, and Beyond: the Business History of Salt Merchants in Bengal, c.1780-1840″in Chi-cheung Choi, Tomoko Shiroyama, Takashi Oishi (eds), Chinese and Indian merchants in modern Asia : networking businesses and formation of regional economy (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2019)
  • Atsushi Kobayashi and Kaoru Sugihara,“Changing Patterns of Sarawak Exports, c.1870 to 2013,”pp. 563-585, Noboru Ishikawa and Ryoji Soda eds., in Anthropogenic Tropical Forests: Human–Nature Interfaces on the Plantation Frontier, Springer, Nov 2019.
  • Atsushi Ota, “Role of State and Non-State Networks in Early-Modern Southeast Asian Trade.” In Kaoru Sugihara and Keijiro Otsuka (eds.), Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa. New York: Springer, pp. 73-93. Jan 2019.
  • Tomoko Shiroyama ed. Modern Global Trade and the Asian Regional Economy, 145 pages, 2018. Springer.
  • Takeshi Hamashita, “Competing Area Studies between United States and Great Britain in Hong Kong and Singapore during the Cold War”, Katja Naumann, Torsten Loschke, Steffi Marung, Matthias Middell, eds., In Search of Other Worlds. Essays towards a Cross-Regional History of Area Studies, Leipziger Universitatsverlag, pp.479-498, 2018.
  • Ezra Rashkow, Sanjukta Ghosh, Upal Chakrabarti, Sayako Kanda, Claude Markovits, Valerie Anderson, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Charu Gupta, Ridhard B. Barnet, Alex McKay, Apartajita Mukhopadhyay, Suchetana Chattopadhyay, Avril A. Powell, Memory, identity and the colonial encounter in India: essays in honour of Peter Robb, Routledge, 2018.