As a country which is suffering a frequent occurrence of natural disasters, especially the earthquake, the Japanese Government has given an enormous amount of effort to improve the management of disaster and build a disaster warning mechanism. This lecture introduces mainly the methods of disaster mitigation and warning used by Japanese Government. By giving the practical experiences acquired from occurred disasters, such as the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake, and the established case of expected Tokyo Inland Earthquakes, this lecture will start a discussion about the principles and subjects of disaster warning, the difficulties and practicability of Disaster education programs.
The Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research (CIDIR) was founded in 2008 as a result of cooperation among three institutions in the University of Tokyo: the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the Earthquake Research Institute and the Institute of Industrial Science. Intending to open new horizons in comprehensive information research on disaster prevention, CIDIR combines research fields such as economics, sociology, psychology, seismology, volcanology, disaster prevention engineering, socio-information studies and communication studies, CIDIR is creating an active disaster prevention network of researchers at the University of Tokyo. CIDIR aims to be a new research institute which functions as a hub for cooperation among researchers, government, private business, mass media and NPOs.
The primary mission of CIDIR is to reduce disaster loss through the application of information studies. The Japanese Archipelago is thought to be entering into a period of increased seismic activity. Moreover the effects of global warming will lead to an increase in large-scale typhoons. These changes require a new approach to disaster management and the role of information studies is becoming highly important. Studies on disaster assessment, advance forecasts, early warning, evacuation information and social recovery systems are motivated in terms of reducing both human and economic loss.
Prof. TANAKA Atsushi is the Chief of CIDIR. His major research fields includes: Socio-information, Comunication Studies Course.