In memory of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Research

Full-Time Researchers

>> Kazuyuki Yoshinaga
>> Anna Matsukawa
>> Aya Tsujioka
>> Hironobu Nakabayashi
>> Taku Sugano
>> Tomoki Motozuka
>> Saneyuki Udagawa
>> Sotaro Tsuboi
>> Yosuke Takada
>> Yuko Araki

Kazuyuki Yoshinaga, Director, Research Department
Kazuyuki Yoshinaga, Director, Research Department

  • Expertise
    Public Administration on Disaster Management, International Disaster Management
  • Background
    -Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, March 1986
    -Hired by the Hyogo Prefectural Government, April 1989
    -Completed a master’s program in public administration, the Evergreen State College in June 1997
    -Administrative Manager, Asian Disaster Reduction Center, April 2002 – March 2005
    -Assistant Director, Planning Division, Disaster Management & Planning Bureau, Hyogo Prefecture, April 2005 – March 2008
    -Earthquake Disaster Countermeasures Specialty Official, Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Government of Japan, April 2008 – March 2010
    -Deputy Director, Emergency Response Division, Disaster Response Bureau, Hyogo Prefecture, April 2010 – March 2012
    -Deputy Director, Hyogo Mutual Aid Fund for Housing Reconstruction, April 2012 – March 2014
    -Administrative Director, Hyogo Prefectural Miki Emergency Management Base, April 2014 – March 2016
    -Obtained present post in April 2016

Anna Matsukawa, Researcher
Anna Matsukawa, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Environmental Criminology, Sociological Criminology, Crime Prevention, Disaster Mitigation, Social Capital, People with Special Need at the Time of Disaster
  • Background

    • 2002, Graduated from Osaka Jogakuin Senior High School
    • 2005, Graduated from Santa Monica College (Liberal Arts)
    • 2007, Graduated from University of California, Irvine (Criminology, Law and Society)
    • 2010, Graduated from Graduated School of Sociology, Doshisha University (Sociology MA)
    • 2013, Completed from Graduated School of Sociology, Doshisha University (Sociology D)
    • 2014, Earned PhD (Sociology) at Doshisha University
    • From 2013 through 2016, obtained as an Associate Researcher at Doshisha University.
    • April 2016, Obtained present post.

Aya Tsujioka, Researcher
Aya Tsujioka, Researcher
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Hironobu Nakabayashi, Researcher
Hironobu Nakabayashi, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Crisis Management Studies, International Relations, Governance Theory, Security Studies (Non-Traditional Security Studies)
  • Background

    • Graduated from Department of History, Ritsumeikan University in March 2000
    • Finished Master`s course at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in March 2002.
    • Completed Doctor course at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in March 2008 (Receiving Ph.D in Media and Governance in March 2010).
    • Employed as Associate Researcher / Chief Researcher at Japan’s Independent Institute Inc. during February 2006 – September 2010.
    • Employed as Research Fellow at Meiji University Research Center for Crisis and Contingency Management during December 2009 – February 2013.
    • Employed as Fellow at Okinawa Prefectural Government Exective office of the Governor Regional Security Policy Division during February 2013 – March 2016.
    • Obtained present post in April 2016.

Taku Sugano, Researcher
Taku Sugano, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Disaster Reconstruction Assistance, Resettlement Assistance, Anthropogeography
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Force and Biomaterials Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University in March 2005.
    • Completed a program at the Division of Forest and Biomaterials Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in March 2007.
    • Researcher/Consultant, Consulting Division, Nomura Research Institute, April 2007 – March 2010.
    • Office Director, Planning & Research Office Director (and other posts), Personal Support Center, July 2011 – March 2014.
    • Partially completed doctoral program in geography at the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University in March 2014.
    • Obtained present post in April 2014.

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Tomoki Motozuka, Researcher
Tomoki Motozuka, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Initial response, Regional Disaster Prevention
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Environmental Systems, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University in March 2006.
    • Completed a master’s program in Engineering at Graduate School of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University in March 2008.
    • Completed a doctoral program in Environmental Engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in March 2014. Doctorate (Engineering)
    • Part-time staff, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, April 2014 – October 2014.
    • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, April 2014 –
    • Research Associate, Disaster Management Research & Education Center, Wakayama University, October 2014 – March 2016.
    • Obtained present post in April 2016.

Saneyuki Udagawa, Researcher
Saneyuki Udagawa, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Disaster Management Information
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 1995.
    • Completed a master’s program in earth and planetary physics at the Graduate School of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 1997.
    • Completed a doctoral program in earth and planetary physics at the Graduate School of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 2000. Doctorate in Physics.
    • Researcher, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo, April – December 2000.
    • COE Researcher, Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, January – March 2001.
    • COE Researcher, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, April – December 2001.
    • Employed at CTI Engineering, March 2008 – January 2012.
    • Obtained present post in April 2008.

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Sotaro Tsuboi, Researcher
Sotaro Tsuboi, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Urban Disaster Management Studies, Urban Geography, Geography Pedagogy, Social Technology
  • Background

    • Gradated from the Department of History, Faculty of Letters, Hosei University, March 1993.
    • Mitsukoshi Department Store, Nagoya, April 2003 – March 1999.
    • Completed a master’s program in geography at the Department of Geography, Meiji University in April 1999.
    • Completed a doctoral program in urban science at the Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University in April 2001.
    • Researcher, Laboratory of Regional Design with Ecology, Hosei University, April 2005.
    • Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency, April 2006 – September 2006. Researcher, Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University until March 2007. Researcher, Open Research Center, Rissho University until March 2008.
    • Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Meiji University, April 2007 – March 2011. Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Meiji University, April 2013 – March 2015.
    • Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Komazawa University, April 2008 – March 2009. Instructor and student, Department of Sociology, Rikkyo University, until March 2011. Research Investigator, Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, until March 2011.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanic Architecture and Engineering, April 2011 – March 2013. Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, until March 2015.
    • Obtained present post in April 2015.

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Yosuke Takada, Researcher
Yosuke Takada, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Disaster Medicine, Disaster Nursing, International Emergency Aid
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Nursing Department, Chukyo Hospital Affiliated Nursing School in March 1999.
    • Employed at Osaka Prefectural Senri Critical care Medical Center (now Saiseikai Senri Hospital), April 1999 – March 2008.
    • Graduated from the College of Nursing Art and Science, University of Hyogo (following a transfer) in March 2010.
    • Completed a master’s program in health sciences at Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University, in March 2012.
    • Obtained present post in April 2012.

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Yuko Araki, Researcher
Yuko Araki, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Architecture, Local Disaster Management, Community Reconstruction
  • Background

    • Graduated with a degree in environmental design from the Department of Beauty, School of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University in March 1996.
    • Employed at Q-Architecture Laboratory, April 1996 – September 1997.
    • Employed at Sueyoshi Eizo Planning Research Institute, October 1997 – September 1998.
    • Employed at Asabuki Design Office, October 1998 – January 2001, July 2003 – March 2010.
    • Employed at SEEDS Asia, June 2011 – March 2012.
    • Completed a master’s program in community cooperation policy at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University in March 2012.
    • Researcher, Research & Investigation Center, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute, January 2014 – March 2015.
    • Completed a doctoral program in architectonics at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University in March 2015. Doctorate (Science)
    • Obtained present post in April 2015.

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