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Provincial Reconstruction and the Role of University -learn from the March disaster

(2012.01.22)

The damage and revival situation in Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture have attracted large attention from the public since the March disaster, as they have been severely damaged. On the other hand, the situation in Ibaraki Prefecture gained less attention considering the damage it has received. In this seminar, we will discuss the reality of Ibaraki's situation, with receiving information from staff of the local government. The subject of discussion is preventive measures and recovery measures against the disaster. In response to the large-scale disaster, we will think about a university’s role: (1) disseminate disaster prevention science to make a disaster-resistant community; (2) city planning to make a self-reliant and sustainable community; (3) safety engineering that helps to protect people’s lives and properties. Professors of the University of Tsukuba will present the topics, and they will discuss the matter with the staff of the local government.

Date / Time January 22 (Sunday) 13:00 - 16:00
Location Main Convention Hall, Tsukuba International Congress Center
Program [Panel Discussion Style]
1: Opening speech by President of the University of Tsukuba
2: Briefing
3: Presentations by the panelists
  (A): Post-disaster situation and response to the disaster in affected areas in Ibaraki Prefecture (Kitaibaraki City, Itako City, Tsukuba City)
  (B): Tsunami disaster prevention and recovery from tsunami
  (C): Countermeasure against liquefaction and reconstruction measures
  (D): Utility Breakdown and Difficulty in making a living
  (E): What is the self-reliant and sustainable local reconstruction?
4: Discussion
  Potential and limitation of the disaster-prevention measures
  How to deal with a disaster which is "beyond scope of assumption"?
  What is required of universities?
Panellists (subject to change)
-Mayor Minoru Toyoda of Kita Ibaraki City
-Mayor Chiharu Matsuta of Itako City
-Deputy Mayor Hisashi Okada of Tsukuba City
-Professor Kenjiro Omura of the Doctoral Program in Social Systems and Management, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
-Professor Yasuo Yamada of the Master's and Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
-Associate Professor Gaku Shoji of the Master's and Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
-Associate Professor Osamu Murao of the Master's and Doctoral Program in Risk Engineering, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
Coordinator Professor Eiichi Itoigawa of the Master's and Doctoral Program in Risk Engineering, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
Chairman Assistant Professor Michitaka Umemoto of the Master's and Doctoral Program in Risk Engineering, the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
Organizer The University of Tsukuba
The Japan Association of National Universities
Co-organizer The City Planning Institute of Japan
Ibaraki Prefecture
Kitaibaraki Prefecture
Itako City
Tsukuba City
Inquiry Laboratory of Itoigawa, the University of Tsukuba
Tel: +81.29.853.5107
E-mail:itoigawa#@#sk.tsukuba.ac.jp
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