Health Environment presents outcomes of joined collaborative projects among Osaka University, Can Tho University, Yunnan University, National University of Mongolia under the theme of health-environment, global environmental risk and local sustainability.

About this journal

One of the greatest dangers which human beings face in the 21st century is global environmental risk. The presence of this threat and danger on the global scale suggests that our modern society has already entered a new stage.

This phenomenon is also related to the world-wide pervasion of modernization in key social systems which include science and technology, industrialization, urbanization, mass-production and waste-producing economy and life styles.

East Asia is one of the regions which has shown remarkable growth and development in recent years. Massive unsustainable use of natural resources and severe environmental problems, such as water/soil /air pollution and ecological destruction often occur, hence health-environment and food safety are seriously threatened. These phenomena affect the world because of the region's expanding influence.

Several factors have been associated with the environmental problems in East Asia, circumstances make it difficult to clarify and pinpoint exactly where the responsibility lies. This current situation creates an increasing need for collaboration among countries in the region in order to address the difficulties mentioned above.

Here, two approaches can be suggested to confront these problems: the practice of interdisciplinary research and establishment of a sound and stable network for cooperation among several different areas. As the first step, there should be shared recognition of risks. Dialogues and discussions can be effective measures against global environmental risks. Guided by these basic concepts, members of GLOCOL (Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University) have undertaken a substantial amount of interdisciplinary and international collaborative research and practical activities for the past seven years. Its essential trust is to build and maintain regional partnerships.

Thus, the objectives of our journal are: to disseminate and share research outcomes on health-environment and to strengthen research linkages and collaboration between researchers and graduate students, particularly from the following universities in Asia: Osaka University, Puer University, Can Tho University and National University of Mongolia.