Letter from CAIRC
July 2002 Vol.6 No.2

Recipients chosen for the 5th CAIRC Scholarship Program
for advancing the study of relationships between humans and companion animals

Five scholarship recipients chosen from 46 proposals

The following five proposals have been selected for this year’s CAIRC Scholarship Program for advancing the Study of relationships between humans and companion animals, the fifth time the scholarship has been awarded since its establishment in 1998. 500,000 yen will be presented to each scholarship recipient.

- The Relaxation Effect of Companion Animals on the Patient with Psychosomatic Illness
By Mutsuhiro Nakao, M.D., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor, Teikyo University Center for Evidence-Based Medicine

- The Traditional Concept of life “the Idea of Coexistence” and Companion Animals in South Asia: The Study of a Pet from Anthropological Aspects
By Nobuko Catherine Okamitsu, M.A., a Doctoral Student at the Department of Anthropology in Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

- In Search of the Hidden Abilities of Animals: A Consideration of the Ability of Dogs to Forecast Earthquakes
By Hideo Akiyoshi, D.V.M., a Doctoral Student in the Laboratory of Veterinary Surgery, Graduate School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University

- The Development for Sheep-interacted Child Education
By Toyokazu Kubota, an Instructor at Tagata Agricultural High School in Shizuoka prefecture

- The History and Psychology of Dressing Dogs in Clothing: From 19th-century England to Contemporary Japan
By Taeko Sakai, M.Phil, an Associated Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences, Japan Women’s University

Selection Committee Members:

- Mitsuaki Ohta,
Professor, Animal and Human Bonds, School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University

Prof. Ohta has been in his current position since 1999, until which he served as an Associated professor in the College of Agriculture at Osaka Prefecture University. His research has focused on the “healing effects of animals”. Publications include “Physiology for Physical and Occupational Therapists” (Rigaku Ryouhoushi, Sagyou Ryouhoushi no Tame no Seirigaku) and “Animal Rescue in the Great Hanshin Earthquake” (Daishinsai no Hisai Doubutsu wo Sukuu Tame Ni).

- Yuji Mori,
Professor,Veterinary Ethology, Veterinary Medical Science/Animal Resource Science, the University of Tokyo

Prof.Mori Has been in his current position since 1997, after serving as an associate professor at the University of Tokyo. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Society for the Study of Human Animal Relations, as well as the representative of the Japanese Veterinary Society for the Study of Animal Behavior. His publication activities include “The Clinical Manual for Behavior Problems of Dogs and Cats”, and editorship of Japanese translations, including that of James Serpell's “The Domestic Dog: its evolution, behavior and interactions with people”.

- Yoichi Shoda,
CAIRC chairman and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo

Dr. Shoda is a doctor of agricultural science. After serving as a professor at the University of Tokyo and other universities, he currently directs the Tokyo Zoological Park Society and is a board member of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology. Major publications include “Animals Created by Man.”