Local Governments, etc.


To make a commitment to the progress of recovery, and to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR) and mitigation measures in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET), IRIDeS has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with local governments affected by the disaster, to strengthen ties with the local regions. The International and Domestic Liaison Office helps connect IRIDeS and local governments, and has supported the conclusion of MoUs with nine cities and towns in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures (as of December 2015).

IRIDeS conducts various research activities regarding disaster risks around the world (earthquake, diastrophism, volcano, climate, ocean, space and upper atmosphere, etc.). Also, we have researchers from a variety of academic fields, to analyze the whole cycle of disaster management, before, during and after the events. For instance, we analyze the lessons and experiences from past disasters (preservation of historical material, research on disaster culture, etc.), response to disasters (disaster medical science, disaster robotics and radiational decontamination science), and the recovery (urban reconstruction technology and disaster area support) for build-back-better.

By collaborating with local governments, we can both share the lessons from the GEJET. IRIDeS can give advice to the local governments by providing know-how accumulated by the data collected and analyzed through a long period of time. We would appreciate voices of the towns and citizens from the local governments, so we can support the DRR and recovery of each region in a way which best suits their characteristics.


Collaboration with Local Governments IRIDeS has Signed MoUs with

The following are some examples of projects written in the agreements:
- Promotion of survey and research on disasters that have occurred in the past, and the sharing and utilizing of its outcomes
- Promotion of disaster mitigation measures making use of records and knowledge
- Promotion of research and development contributing to disaster mitigation and archiving (establishment of a satellite office)
- Establishment of a regional medical provision system which is more resilient to disasters, by grasping the medical needs and the actual medical support in disaster affected areas

- Facilitation of research and development contributing to DRR and mitigation, and the implementation of its outcomes to society
- Evacuation drills and DRR education which contribute to the enhancement of the capacities of local citizens responding to disasters
- Effective tsunami evacuation measures in coastal plain areas


<Examples of Activities Implemented>
- Development of an evacuation system
- Development of a DRR system for meteorological disasters that occur quite often, like heavy rain
- Formulation of a local DRR plan
- Creation of a hazard map




As an international research institute situated in the Tohoku Region, we will continue to exchange ideas with other institutions overseas, as well as strive to make a commitment in local governments affected by the GEJET, to improve their DRR capacities and for build-back-better.