Disaster Risk Reduction Research Center, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Earth Resources, Marine and Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Course, School of Engineering
Due to depopulation, intensifying natural hazard by climate change, and fragile financial condition of public sector, Japan is facing difficulties in managing infrastructures and national land. To find feasible and sustainable ways to cope with these difficulties, we are conducting researches on 1) disaster resilient and sustainable land use management, 2) financially sustainable infrastructure management, and 3) ways of utilizing Japan’s experience and knowledge to emerging countries.
As for disaster management, extreme hazards such as the East Japan Earthquake and several intensified rain falls revealed certain limitations of disaster countermeasures only depend on hardware. Therefore, we need to find a “best mix” of hardware and software such as land use management and evaluation systems.
In urban area management, Japan has experienced consistent expansion of urban areas and population in the past 100 years. This expansion period ended, and now a new period of shrinking urban areas and population has come. We need to find a new urban land use and infrastructure management system to come with such shrinking period.
Japan has accumulated experience and knowledge of urban and infrastructure management on expanding urban areas and population. Utilizing such experience and knowledge to emerging countries urban management is also our scope of research.