Abstract – Osuga

Rural Social Capital Research Studies on Land Improvement Projects

Toshiki ŌSUGA (Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage (JIID), Tokyo)

In Japan, land improvement projects are conducted to develop the farmland and irrigation facilities to enhance the agricultural productivity with the agreement of rural communities. In this paper, I quantitatively evaluated the influence of land improvement projects upon rural SC (social capital) by principal components analysis based on a questionaries’ survey taken in 2006 and 2016. As the rural SC is known to be consisting of two types, collaboration type and mutual aid type (Tanoi 2007), a comparative analysis of the two SC types is conducted focusing o n the types of land improvement projects (i.e.  irrigation, land consolidation, etc.) and whether land improvement projects are conducted or not.