Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Staff Profile

NameSATO, Yo-Ichiro
AffiliationResearch Department, RIHN
PositionDeputy Director-General, Professor
Arrival day2003-10-01
Leaving the office day 
Year of Birth1952
Academic CareerFaculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University (1977)
Department of Agronomy, Kyoto University, M. Course (1979)
Professional CareerAssistant at Faculty of Agriculture, Kochi University (1981)
Research Associate at National Institute of Genetics (1983)
Associate Professor at Shizuoka University (1994)
Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2004)
Deputy Director-General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2008)
Program Director - Ecohistory Program (2013)
Program Director - Ecosophy Program (2013)
Emeritus Professors(2013)
Higher DegreesD.Agr. (Kyoto University, 1986)
Fields of SpecializationPlant genetics
Academic Society MembershipsJapan Society of Breeding
Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan
Japan Society for Scientific Studies on Cultural Properties
Society of Tropical Ecology
The Society of Biosophia Studies
Japanese Society for DNA Polymorphism Research
The Society for the Study of Phytogeography and Taxonomy
The Japanese Forest Society
AwardsNinth Matsushita Konosuke “Hana to midori no hakuran-kai kinen shorei-sho” (2001)
Seventh NHK Shizuoka broadcasting station “Akebono-sho” (2001)
Seventeenth Hamada Seiryo-sho (2004)




Sato Yo-Ichiro 2013,07 Know about and eat various rice in the world/Shirou Tabeyou Sekai no Kome. Iwanami Junior Series. Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, 214pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2012,09 Think about food/Shoku wo Kangaeru. Fukuinkan-shoten, Tokyo, 191pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2012,03 Future of the food and agriculture:journey of the Eurasia over 10,000 years/Shoku to noh no mirai:Eurasia Ichiman-nen no tabi. RIHN Library. Showado, Kyoto, 246pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2010,06 Rice better than Koshihikari. Asahi Shinbun Publishing, Tokyo, 253pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro, Watanabe Tsugihiro 2009,04 Monograph of civilization of salt - 5000 years of people and environment/ Shio no bunmeishi. NHK Publishing, Tokyo, 211pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2008,10 History of Rice. Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, 248pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2007,06 Inasaku no kigen. Kagaku, Vol.77,No.6. Iwanami syoten, 618-620 (in Japanese)

Sasaki Koumei, Sato Yo-Ichiro, Hotta Mituru, Yasuda yoshinori 2007 Shinyoujyurin bunka toha nanika,higashiajia no mori ga umidashita bunmei 2007 daisaaaaanbu touron Shinyoujyurin bunka to inasaku bunka o megutte. Tyuuoukoushinsyo, 1921. Tyuuoukouronsya, 200-309 (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2007 Kusunoki to setonaikai . Setonaikaijiten. nannansya, 46-47 (in Japanese)


2013,03 "Review:Interaction between the People and the Nature in Yellow Belt". Sato, Y., Taniguchi, M. (ed.) Ecohistory of Yellow Belt from Sahel to Silk Road. Kobundo, Tokyo, pp.6-19. (in Japanese)

2012,03 "Environmental Philosophy on Food and Agriculture". Akimichi Tomoya (ed.) Basis of Japanese Environmental Philosophy. Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, pp.159-177. (in Japanese)

Kuroda, Y., Rao, S.A., Bounphanousay, C., Kongpanh, V., Iwata, A., Tanaka, K. and Sato, Y.-I. 2006 Diversity of wild and weedy rice in Laos . Schiller, J.M. et al. eds (ed.) Rice in Laos . , pp.215-234..

【Translations / Joint Translations】

Osada Toshiki and Sato, Y.-I. 2005 First Farmers -The origins of agricultural societies . Blackwell publishing, Translation of Bellwood .


【Editing / Co-editing】

Sato, Y., Taniguchi, M. (ed.) 2013,03 Ecohistory of Yellow Belt from Sahel to Silk Road . Kobundo, Tokyo, 229pp. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro (ed.) 2007 Nougyou ga kankyou o hakaisuru toki-yuurashia noukoushi to kankyou. ,


【Original Articles】

Yo-Ichiro Sato 2012,12 History of Rice Paddy Transition Over 2000 Years. Nihonshi Kenkyu(607):1-15. (in Japanese)

Sato, Y.-I., Leo Aoi Hosoya, Emi Kimura, Takashi Kurata, Chiaki Muto, Katsunori Tanaka 2011,04 Sustainable agriculture: the lessons from history. Sansai 5:69-81. (reviewed).

Dorian Q Fuller and Sato,Y.-I. 2008 Japonica rice carried to, not from Southeast Asia. Nature Genetics (40):1264. (reviewed).

Yosuke Kuroda, Yo-Ichiro Sato, Chay Bounphanousay, Yasuyuki Kono, Koji Tanaka 2007 Genetic structure of three Oryza AA genome species (O.rufipogon,O.nivara and O.sativa) as assessed by SSR analysis on the Vientiane Plain of Laos. . Conserv Genet (8):149-158.

Shin-ichi Kawakami, Kaworu Ebana, Tomotaro Nishikawa, Yo-ichiro Sato, Duncan A.Vaughan, and Koh-ichi Kadowaki 2007 Genetic variation in the chloroplast genome suggests multiple domestication of cultivated Asian rice (Oryza sativa L.).. Genome(50):180-187.

Hiroaki Tabuchi,Yo-Ichiro Sato,and Ikuo Ashikawa 2007 Mosaic Structure of Japanese Rice Genome Composed Mainly of Two Distinct Genotypes. Breeding Science 57(3):213-221. (in Japanese)

Sato Yo-Ichiro 2007 Chikyuukankyou to yakihata . Tohokugaku(11):50-55. (in Japanese)

Sato, Y.-I. 2006 Domestication of Crops: What is Common and What is Different? –Fudo and Agriculture-. Proc. Pre-symposium of RIHN and 7th ESCA Harvard-Kyoto Roundtable (Osada, ed.):73-78.

Sakamoto, S., R. Ishikawa, I. Nakamura, Sato, Y.-I., and Y.Shimamoto 2006 Species identification of 6,000-years-old beans from Sannai-Maruyama site, Aomori, Japan. . Journal of Fossil Research(39):1-6. (reviewed).

Ishikawa, R., S. Yamanaka, Y. Fukuta, S. Chitrakon, C. Bounphanousay, K. Kanyavong, L-H. Tang, I. Nakamura, T. Sato and Sato, Y.-I. 2006 Genetic erosion from modern varieties into traditional upland rice cultivars (Oryza sativa L.) in northern Thailand. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution(53):245-252. (reviewed).

Nozawa, S., M.Takahashi, H. Nakai and Sato, Y.-I. 2006 Difference in SSR variations between Japanese barnyard millet (Echinochloa esculenta) and its wild relative E. crus-galli. Breeding Science (56):335-340. (reviewed).

Ishikawa, R., N. Toki, K. Imai, Sato, Y.-I., H. Yamagishi, Y. Shimamoto, K.Ueno, H. Morishima, T. Sato 2005 Origin of weedy rice grown in Bhutan and the force of genetic diversity. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (52):395-403. (reviewed).

Fukunaga, K., H. Nasu, Sato, Y.-I. 2005 An attempt of the wheat/barley ancient DNA analysis of the samples from Kaman-Kalehöyük. Anatolian Archaeological Studies (XIV):165-166.

Umemoto, T., Sato, Y.-I. et al. 2004 Natural variation in rice starch synthase IIa affects enzyme and starch properties . Func. Plant Biol. 31:671-684. (reviewed).

Sato, Y.-I., S. Yamanaka and M.Takahashi 2003 Evidence for Jomon plant cultivation based on DNA analysis of chestnut remains, In: Hunter-gathers of the north pacific rim (Eds. by Habu et al.). Senri Ethological studies(No.63):187-198. (reviewed).

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

The movement of crops in the Old World: The role of nomadic pastoralists. Symposium on "Dispersion of People, Crops, and Language:Hokkaido and Ryukyus", 2013.02.23-2013.02.24, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

Pastral Scenery - transition history over 200 year. The Japanese Society for Historical Studies annual conference 2012, 2012.10.13, Kyoto . (in Japanese)

Rice: grown in China. Early Rice Cultivation & Its Weed Flora, 2011.05.30-2011.05.31, Beijing, Chine.

. VI Interntl Rice Genetics IRRI, 2009.11.22-2009.11.23, Bangkok,Thailand.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

Will the green silk road revive?. Public Seminar/Open house of Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, 2012.12.15, Tottori. (in Japanese)

Rice and fish produced by the environment - Food culture variety and environment/culture interaction. Environment and Culture Kyoto Conference 2012, 2012.12.01, Kyoto. (in Japanese)

Crops and civilization in Afro-Eurasia. QUARIA Agora, 2012.10.25, Kyoto. (in Japanese)

See future of rice through archaeology. 25th memorial symposium of Hamada Seiryo Prize, 2012.09.30, Kishiwada. (in Japanese)

Eco-history of rice and fish. Yayoi people nurture course, 2012.07.14, Moriyama. (in Japanese)

Ancient rice studied from DNA - History of rice. Training session for Kochi Center of Deposits and Cultural Heritage, 2012.07.13, Kochi. (in Japanese)

Dynamic ”Fodo-logy". , 2012.06.09, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris. (in Japanese)

History of ”Fudo”. , 2012.06.07, Université de Toulouse. (in Japanese)

Earthquake and Rice Cultivation. , 2012.06.06, Fondation Maison des science de l'homme. (in Japanese)

Japanese, rice crops and rice - How genetic diversity of rice has changed? . Traditional food lecture, 2012.04.06, Osaka. (in Japanese)